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Andover Olde Home Days begins Friday
ANDOVER -- This area's longest continuous celebration -- Andover Olde Home Days -- will get underway this Friday.
This year's theme is "Main Street Andover" to celebrate all the old time memories of life on Main Street & maybe make some new ones.
The three-day event will actually kickoff Thursday with the judging of the Gardens, which includes the following categories: flowers, veggies, mixed, organic and flower design (container and hangers), and the Violet Swain category (single Genus), as well as new gardens up to three years, established four years or older.
On Friday evening, there will be a band concert beginning at 6:30 on the Common. Bring your lawn chair.
Saturday's activities will begin with the road race in two categories -- 4.5 miles and one miles -- starting at the elementary school.
The First Congregational Church will open their kitchen and dining room at 8 a.m. for coffee and doughnuts, followed by a cookie walk and a luncheon will be served around 11 a.m. Also at the church will be a white elephant sale for all who miss the bargain basement. There will be a raffle of a lifesize moose and a huge stuffed dog, which looks like Nana from Peter Pan.
The highlight of the day will be the 10 a.m. parade, followed by several activities until 4 p.m. These include a photo contest, flower show, library book sale, children's games, a chicken barbeque at the fire station, and a pie eating contest. New this year will be a skillet throwing contest.
Afternoon events include the road apple roll, horseshoe tournament, lawn tractor pull and race, and an arm wrestling contest.
Throughout the day, the barrel train rides will be given and horse drawn wagon rides will circulate around the town. Many vendors will display and sell their creations on the Common. The day will be capped off with a dance at the fire station with music provided by Noel Palmer.
On Sunday, the Ellis River Riders will sponsor an all-day open horse show. There will be kids games and the food booth will be open for refreshments.
Transportation from the lower parking field will be provided from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. by SAD 44.
An antique water pump will be part of the Andover Historical Society display on Olde Home Day. Restored by Freeman Farrington and Ross Swain to working condition. It's over 100 years old and hasn't worked for 70 years. There is a longer video at the Fans of Andover Facebook page.
This year's t-shirts will have a picture of old Main Street Andover. This year's buttons will have a picture of the fountain that sits on the Common. It used to be located near the center of Main Street.
Tickets are on sale now for drawing of a special quilt made out of 12 Olde Home Days t-shirts representing some of the various themes over the years, also two pillows each made with one t-shirt to match the quilt. These were put together by Jane Rich and Shirley Gammon. See Andover Olde Home Days representatives for tickets. This item will be raffled off at Andover Olde Home Days.
For more information about Olde Home Days, call 392-4311 (Vickie or Marshall). For vendor information contact Judy Michaud at 392-1221.
Information about this event is also available on the internet at andoverjournal.net.