Every summer, hundreds of Berkshire County residents flock to the Adams Agricultural Fair, a staple event in town that celebrates the county's roots in farming with livestock shows, music and food.

The Berkshire Eagle  reports for the past two years, the fair's decision to host a professional rodeo has been met with mixed reactions from animal advocates and fair spectators.

Outside the entrance, standing along Route 8, were about 20 protesters upset with the animal exhibition.

Group members carried signs that condemned rodeos for, what they said, was abuse of animals for entertainment. To get the livestock to buck, riders have to trigger them with fear and pain, protester Terry Carlo claimed.

Their concerns were about the sport in general, and organizers weren't familiar with the practices of Double M Rodeo specifically.