ADAMS -- The town's annual Street Fair drew hundreds of people from Northern Berkshire to Park Street Monday night, where they enjoyed food vendors, live music and caught up with old friends.
The event, which was long known as "Hi-Jinx", is part of the annual Susan B. Anthony Days celebration.
"The street fair is great because you get to mingle with everyone you know," Adams resident Lorrie Swistak said Monday evening. Swistak was distributing information about the Adams Agricultural Fair, which runs from Aug. 1 to 4.
Attendees young and old could choose from a wide variety of food vendors selling typical festival food, including hot dogs, fried dough, ice cream, pulled pork and chicken.
In addition, volunteers from the Polish National Alliance (PNA) was serving up traditional Polish dishes to attendees.
"It's just a lot of fun," Lisa Mendel of Adams said of the street fair. "And we like getting our Polish food out there. Adams has a big Polish history. We're starting to lose our history.
"It represents who we are," Therese Beiso of Adams agreed.
Some food offered by the PNA included golabki, a dish made from boiled cabbage leaves wrapped around minced pork; kapusta, made from sauerkraut baked with mushrooms, onions and cabbage; pierogies; and kielbasa.
The fair also featured representation from local organizations, from the Adams Forest Warden to Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity. Habitat President Paul Austin was showing off the organization's "High Striker," a strength tester designed by students in a Computer aided Drafting and Design class at Drury High School. The game helped raise funds for the organization, he explained, but was more for gaining awareness of the organization's message.
Austin said his favorite part of the festival was seeing the people downtown.
"I never knew there were this many people in Adams," he said.
Other activities included face painting, sand art, a dunk tank, and browsing through the many craft vendors.
Live music was provided by local bands Wykyd and Champagne Jam.
The annual Susan B. Anthony Days continues with events until Friday.
Tonight at 7 p.m. in the Adams Free Library's Miller Annex, local historian Barry Emery of Cheshire will give a lecture and slide show presentation on notable locations near West Road. The places include a Centennial Rock carved in 1875, the cemetery where members of the Anthony family are buried, and a stonearch bridge which is one of the earliest of its types in the state. The event is hosted by the Adams Historical Society.
Cruz Night will be Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Center Street. The event will feature local band Malibu Brothers, who will play on the Town Common at 7 p.m.
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