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Yankee Doodle Days returns to Charlemont this weekend

At 2013's Yankee Doodle Days, Landon Richter and his sister Olivia tied for first in the sack race. They were visiting relatives in Northfield. Yankee Doodle Days is held each year in July at the Charlemont Fairgrounds in Charlemont. 
(Recorder file photo)

At 2013's Yankee Doodle Days, Landon Richter and his sister Olivia tied for first in the sack race. They were visiting relatives in Northfield. Yankee Doodle Days is held each year in July at the Charlemont Fairgrounds in Charlemont. (Recorder file photo)

CHARLEMONT — “Yankee Doodle Days,” the town’s annual summer festival, begins Friday with fireworks and ends Sunday with Stoney Roberts’ Demolition Derby. In between are hoop performances, chainsaw carving, a knife-throwing act, and balloon creations by “Mary Poppins.” Other highlights include bingo games, ox draws, a petting zoo, a children’s bike parade, live music and plenty of food.

The gates at the Charlemont Fairgrounds open Friday at 5 p.m. and at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children, with three-day passes available.

The three-day celebration, put on by the Friends of Charlemont Fairgrounds, takes place at the fairgrounds, and proceeds from the event help to preserve and restore the fairgrounds. One of the goals is to restore the 1892 grandstand.

Yankee Doodle Days began as ‘The Charlemont Cattle Show’ in 1850 and was held in meadows where the Hawlemont S chool is now built. The cattle show outgrew the site and was moved to a larger site. Eventually the Deerfield Valley Agricultural Society acquired 17 acres above the village for a fair.

Highlights this year include:

Friday: Fireworks show: 9:30 p.m. Belanger Amusement rides, Yankee Motor Club’s classic car show, oxen pull and petting zoo.

Saturday: Tom Ricardi’s Birds of Prey, North Line Country Dancers, Bocce Tournament, “One Sharp Marriage,” chain-saw carvings.

Sunday: Free pancake breakfast hosted by Charlemont Fire Department (8 to 10:30 a.m.); live music, “Not Just Quilts” exhibit and craft show; sheep show, kids’ coin hunt and 2 p.m. Demolition Derby.

For online information, go to:

www.yankeedoodledays.com

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