North Adams prepares for annual Fall Foliage Festival Parade
Fans of fall will be headed to the Berkshires this weekend, getting out to see all the leaves as they change colors. Our Madeleine Rivera has the story, and more on what it could be for area businesses.
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- "The foliage is beautiful when it's sunny out. It glistens," said Lynn Riordan, North Adams resident.
People are heading to the Berkshires this time of year to see the leaves turn color.
"It's beautiful. People from all over come to see the foliage," said Riordan.
North Adams holds several events in celebration of Autumn, hoping tourists will fall for this time of the year. They're preparing for the Northern Berkshire Fall Festival parade on Sunday. It's the biggest and final event of its three day fall festival.
"This year we have more floats than I can remember in recent history. Over a dozen floats will be at the parade, from a Toy Story float to an American Flyer wagon," said Christine Hoyt, Fall Foliage Parade Director.
But, the fall events are not just fun for tourists. Business owners hope leaf peepers will be a boost for their bottom line.
"The reds, yellows, and oranges start popping out. We see them everywhere, from Europe, Australia, all across the country, California, places that don't have mountains like we do," said Keith Bona, owner of Berkshire Emporium and Antiques in North Adams.
The Fall Foliage Parade runs along Main Street in North Adams. It is a little rainy so residents are saying that it may affect the number of leaf peepers they have for this Sunday.
"It's a little bit of a rainy day today. But, I think it's going to be beautiful. It's my favorite season," said Pam Hartzmiller, who is visiting from Connecticut.
Still, Berkshire County's Leaf Chief, Lauren Stevens, says peak season for leaf peeping won't be until around Columbus Day about two weeks from now.