Many exciting activities June 6 and 7 in Andover

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Here are some of the exciting activities that will be part of Andover’s 180th Anniversary Festival the weekend of June 6 & 7. On both days, there will be Civil War re-enactments by the Eighth Kansas Unit at the Andover Lake Park, and antique lawn & farm tractor show (contact: Ron Jacobsen 309 521-7262) On Saturday, two very unique artists will be showing and demonstrating their items. Kendall Davis of Rock Island makes boomerangs, and Sam Schold of Sherrard makes handcrafted guitars and ukuleles from cigar boxes. The Mississippi Bend Model Boaters will have their model boats on the Andover Lake.

Also on Saturday, a parade will be held at 1 pm, with the theme: Looking to the future; remembering the past. Parade registration begins at 11:30 am (contact - There will be a Little Miss & Mr. Andover contest for ages 5–9 at 4 pm, with all entrants eligible to ride in a special unit in the parade (contact Patsy Crippen at 309 521-8208). At dusk, there will be fireworks over the lake.

On Sunday, there will be tug-of-war contests at 1 pm, with registration at noon (contact

Joe Larson at 309 714-0695). There will also be a cemetery walk at the Jenny Lind Chapel from 2 – 4 pm.

Other events that weekend include: a barn quilt tour both days; on Saturday: fun run/walk, fishing derby for kids, quilt show, homemade pie & sandwich stand, kids fun land, Blackhawk Pipes & Drums concert, pork chop supper & ice cream social, Orion Community Band concert, drawing, and Uncle Buster’s comedy show; and on Sunday: breakfast and noon lunch in the park, community worship service in the park, salute to veterans, and blessing of pets.

For complete details and times, please see Festival. Please bring a lawn chair. The festival is hosted by the Andover Tourism Council and Andover Village Board. The corporate sponsors are: Casey’s, Central Bank, Colona-Green Rock-Orion United Way Inc., Dispatch/Argus, Geneseo Foundation, Modern Woodmen of America and MidAmerican Energy Co.