SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — Political leaders from the Pioneer Valley and across the state are heading to the
Elks Lodge in Springfield Wednesday for an event that has become a western Massachusetts tradition.
Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe’s
35th annual clambake began at the Tiffany Street lodge at 11:00 A.M., and will continue until the evening hours.
Over the years the event has become an important stop for political candidates, and this year is no exception.
Democratic Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren is expected to be among the thousands of attendees.
Though the event is well-attended by politicians, Sheriff Ashe told 22News the it's really about celebrating how far they've come cleaning up the streets.
"It's a day to celebrate that, if you will, because I like to feel that in a lot of ways we're making gains, like dealing with the gangs, people who come to us with severe psychiatric issues," Ashe said.
This is the first year that the event has been held at the Elks, in recent years, it had been held at Six Flags New England in Agawam.
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