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10 Towns in 10 Days: Brimfield

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For three weeks every year, the small town of 3,600 grows as hundreds of thousands flock to the antique show.

Brimfield has been doing this show since the late 50's, but in recent years, the show has taken a life of its own.

Roads turn into parking lots and parking lots turn into shopping malls as Brimfield becomes an international destination for bargain hunters.

Apple Barn Cafe Owner Suzanne Collins said everyone loves it when the show returns to town.

"It's a lot of fun, everyone loves it. People are great at coming to town. There's a lot of excitement, it's a great time," said Collins. 

For the last 14 years, the Apple Barn Cafe has been serving up their gourmet breakfast and lunch, including their own homemade hash and waffles.

"We buy as much local as we can. We like to do things you won't typically have for breakfast," Collins added. 

Right down the road, Francesco's has been serving the community for the last 31 years. Along the way, they've only noticed one real change.

"The only difference [is] I used to be the only one in town, now there are two more pizza shops," said Owner Francesco Ferrentino.

Many of the visitors to town stay at the Village Green Campground.

"This is a summer place for a lot of people to Acre Pond [there's] a little beach, swimming, and fishing. We have activities on the weekend," said Meg Twarowski at the Village Green Campground. 

The campground was hit especially hard during the 2011 tornado.

"We had a little pick up and a lot of damage here. We have gone through it, we are on the other side. Lots of trees growing and lots of people are coming back. We can smile now," Twarowski noted. 

Not far from the campground is Here Today Adopted Tomorrow Animal Sanctuary. Founded in 2012, they work to reduce the number of homeless cats in the area. 

"Our building is a cage free, no kill cat shelter. I knew that I'd be helping a lot of cats, but I didn't realize how many people might be helping on an every day basis," said Rachel Max, Founder of Here Today Adopted Tomorrow Animal Sanctuary.  

The group exists soley on the help of volunteers and donors. 

"We have volunteers who basically do everything. There is no way without the others I could do it all," said Max.

And because of that, Western Mass News wanted to help. 

On the behalf of Western Mass News, Big Y, and Diamond RV, was able to present a check for $500 for all of the amazing work they do for the feline population in Brimfield. 

Brimfield- a place where you can find anything if you search long enough.

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