NORTH ADAMS --The annual Fall Foliage Festival, a week-long celebration culminating with the 58th Fall Foliage Parade, kicks off today with the traditional Leaf Hunt, a farmers market and a concert benefiting the Northern Berkshire Youth ROPES program.
The week also includes a craft fair, several children's events, a dog parade, several dinners and a dance. The Fall Foliage Parade takes place at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6.
"This is my favorite time of year, especially since we have so many adorable, heartwarming events that take place during this week," Veronica Bosley, the city's director of tourism and community events, said Friday. "I think one of the points of the event planning up to the parade is the events can be enjoyed by people of all ages and all backgrounds."
Since 1965, the festival has included the annual "Leaf Hunt," a scavenger hunt for brightly colored paper leaves hidden around North Berkshire. The leaves can be found by solving clues -- found in today's print and online editions of the Transcript -- that reveal their locations. Participants who find the paper leaves and turn them into the city's tourism office are awarded a prize donated by a local merchant.
Also taking place today are the North Adams Farmers Market, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the St. Anthony's municipal parking, and the Albert Cummings IV ROPES Benefit Concert at 7 p.m., at Joe Wolfe Field. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for the concert, and tickets will be available at the gate for $22.
The annual Autumn Arts & Crafts Fair will take place on the north side of Main Street on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 30 crafters will be on hand for the rain-or-shine event.
The festival ramps up again Thursday, Oct. 3 with St. Elizabeth's of Hungary hosting its annual ziti supper at the parish center from 4 to 7 p.m.
On Friday, Oct. 4, the annual Children's Parade will step off from the corner of Main and Eagle streets at 5:30 p.m. Line up for the parade begins at 5 p.m. The parade will travel down Main Street and end at City Hall.
Children and groups participating in the parade are encouraged to dress in costumes matching this year's theme, "Haunts, Legends and Ghost Stories." Winners will be invited to walk in the Fall Foliage Parade.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles will host a lasagna dinner from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4, at the Eagle's Hall, 515 Curran Highway. The cost is $10 per person.
On Saturday, Oct. 5, the festival will feature several canine- and children-friendly activities.
Registration for the 4th annual Dog Parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Veterans' Memorial Park. The parade will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Owners are encouraged to dress their dogs in costumes matching this year's theme. Ribbons will be given to all participants and prizes will be awarded in several categorizes. The "Blessing of the Animals," at St. Elizabeth of Hungary's church, will follow the conclusion of the parade.
The annual Children's Road Race and Fair, from 11 to 1 p.m., at Joe Wolfe Field, includes a variety of children's organizations hosting activities, give-a-ways and games.
The annual children's race will begin at noon. All participants will receive ribbons and special awards will be given to the top three finishers in five age divisions for boys and girls.
A Fall Foliage Dance will be held at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $5.
Prior to the 58th Fall Foliage Parade on Sunday, Oct. 6, the festival will feature an all-you-can-eat breakfast at the Eagles Hall from 7 to 11 a.m. Cost is $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under 10.
Also on Sunday, Oct. 6, the 25th annual Greylock Federal Fall Classic 5k Road Race will take place at noon. Race-day registration will begin at 10:30 a.m., at the North Adams Transcript, 85 Main St.
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