Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners CTC FCCLA / Culinary Arts class holds Cancer Awareness Drive Amen receives Distinguished Service Award ‘Tis the season for family-past, present, and future MHS Computer Class aces MOS Exam WUES recognizes November Bus Riders of the Month NAHS Beta Club sponsors canned food drive Peebles Elementary announces November Students of the Month Crisis text line reaches out during the holidays Paul Wesley Ailshire

Weather can’t stop fair

Despite the weather not fully cooperating last week, Adams County Fair Board Director Liz Lafferty believes this year’s fair was a big success.

“I think it was very successful considering our daily tsunami as I called it,” Lafferty said. “I kept thinking, ‘How much more can we take?’ But we still did well despite not having the ability to park on the grounds for a few days.”

Rain kept some patrons away during the week but Lafferty said the increased cost of entering the fair this year meant more money was made than the year before.

“We finished ahead money wise,” Lafferty said. “I think we were actually down in attendance but we increased the gate price by $2 this year so that’s why I think we ended up with more money over last year.”

The fair had to scramble to find a way to literally get people to the gate this year after heavy rains turned many of the parking lots on the fairgrounds to mud pits. Patrons had to be shuttled in from various locations in West Union but Lafferty said the response to the shuttles was very positive.

“People really loved them,” Lafferty said. “They thought it was really great to be able to park at the hospital or wherever, get on and get taken to the fair and not have to worry about parking at the fair. We’ve never needed [the shuttles] before but I think that might be a really good thing [for the future].

Attractions were a big draw to this year’s fair, according to Lafferty, as concerts and events at the race track were scheduled for every night of the fair.

“The dirt track was booked every night and the center ring was also booked every night,” Lafferty said. “You just have to have something going on in every area for everyone because not everyone likes the same thing.”

In addition to the events each night, more than double the rides from last year were at the fair this year.

“We had 13 rides this year,” Lafferty said. “We haven’t had 13 rides in how many years? Many. Last year I think we only had six.”

Despite the weather, only a handful of events had to be moved or cancelled.

“We moved the cheerleading competition to Manchester High School on Monday which was so packed we could hardly fit even one more person in that gym,” Lafferty said. “There was also [the band] Finding Favour who we thought were going to be a huge concert and we begged them to stay but they used their rain option. Had we had perfect weather who knows what records we could’ve brokne?”

Numerous renovations and improvements to many of the buildings at the fairgrounds were made this past year and Lafferty said they all held up very nicely, however there’s still more work to be done to other buildings at the fairgrounds.

“The Floral Hall was completely redesigned inside and painted and a huge part of the grandstand was repaired and will be completely redone by next year,” Lafferty said. “The Merchants Hall was painted, there’s an entire new end on the horse barn and the paging booth returned and was very popular. People really loved that this year.”

In addition to the grandstands, a few of the halls are still in need of repainting according to Lafferty, including the chicken barn, the rabbit barn and the maintenance building. A new roof is planned for the hog barn as well.

Animal shows were packed every night in the show arena with many people unable to find a seat. Lafferty described this year’s livestock shows at “huge.”

“We’ve tried to incorporate a peewee show from ages three to eight with peewee swine classes and we added goats this year on Wednesday and Thursday morning and you talk about packing the house. There were parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles – it was packed. If we can get them in there that early in the morning and then they stay to me it was a total success.”

While all is calm at the fair for the moment, the Fair Board plans to begin looking at attractions for the 2016 fair as early as September and the board plans to go through all the suggestions left in suggestion boxes all around the fairgrounds during their next meeting on Aug. 6.

The team from North Adams High School celebrates their victory in the fourth annual Barnyard Olympics, held on Saturday night at the Adams County Fair.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Fair1.jpgThe team from North Adams High School celebrates their victory in the fourth annual Barnyard Olympics, held on Saturday night at the Adams County Fair.

A county fair is for young and old as this young lady prepares to be part of one of the horse shows.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Fair2.jpgA county fair is for young and old as this young lady prepares to be part of one of the horse shows.

A large part of the activity at the fair centered around the junior show arena, where young people showed the animals that they have spent countless hours working with.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Fair3.jpgA large part of the activity at the fair centered around the junior show arena, where young people showed the animals that they have spent countless hours working with.

A large collection of rides filled the midway at the 2015 Adams County Fair as this family enjoyed their spin.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Fair4.jpgA large collection of rides filled the midway at the 2015 Adams County Fair as this family enjoyed their spin.

By Charles Grove

cgrove@civitasmedia.com

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