Andover Olde Home Days returns August 5-7

People on The Common listen to button designs during Olde Home Days. Bruce Farrin/Rumford Falls Times

Young people with decorated bicycles, wagons and horse-drawn carriages at last year’s Olde Home Days parade. Bruce Farrin/Rumford Falls Times

John Arsenault is busy at last year’s event creating a bear with a chainsaw. Bruce Farrin/Rumford Falls Times

The 41st Olde House Days t-shirts recognize the value of community volunteers, with the words “Community Starts Here!” » Photo submitted

Mary Damone, who makes a large quilt for the Olde Home Days raffle every year, made a moose quilt for this event Photo submitted

ANDOVER – The 41st edition of Andover Olde Home begins on Friday and continues on Sunday.
Committee chair Joe Luce said the event’s theme was “Community,” noting that the city has many volunteers who make the three-day event a success for Andover.
On Saturday, the festivities will begin with a parade at 10 a.m. The public is invited to join the parade. At 9:30 a.m., the tank judging will take place, with the best tank trophies of first, second and third.
The parade will include the barrel train for children. They are also looking for children of all ages to participate in their “Spectacular Bike Ride” in this year’s parade! Come with your decorated bike and helmet and win a prize! The meeting place will be in front of the fire station. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded.
The event is getting a big boost as members of the Andover Service Circle and Andover Historical Society are back in full force, after many were absent last year due to covid concerns.
Consequently, on Saturday the Flower Show, the Craft Show and the Road Race are back.
Registration for the road race is at Andover Elementary School from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Be at school at least 15 minutes before the race.
There is a fun one mile run and one mile walk that starts at 8am. There is also a 4.5 mile run that starts at 8:10 a.m.
The divisions for the adult 4.5 mile race are 0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60+.
The divisions for the one mile race for boys and girls are 0-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14.
The one-mile boardwalk is open to all ages.
Registration for the one-mile walk and run is $15; for the 4.5 mile run, $25.
Make checks payable to Andover Service Circle. Pay by mail to Andover Service Circle, 187 East Andover Rd., E. Andover, ME 04226.
There is plenty of parking at Andover Elementary School. This run benefits Andover’s service circle.
Mary Damone, who makes a large raffle quilt each year, made a moose quilt for this event.
Odds will be $2 each and three for $5, available at The Common. The winning name will be drawn after the button designs, according to Luce. Proceeds from Raffles will go towards next year’s event.
The husband and wife team of John and Nancy Arsenault will be demonstrating their chainsaw wildlife art again this Saturday, next to City Hall.
Last year they started creating a bear on Andover Olde Home Days. They have since put the finishing touches on it and will bring it with them to sell.
There will be a car show at Aker’s Field. It will be informal, more of the cruise type where you just introduce yourself. There will be no registration fees. They spread the word through flyers, including at other auto shows in the area. There will be free food and refreshments for attendees.
Andover Congregational Church’s annual cookie walk and bake sale will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. while supplies last. Closing for the parade at 10 a.m. and reopening at the end of the parade.
The Andover Public Library will hold a book sale – 10 for $1 – Saturday from noon to 4:30 p.m.
Antique lawn tractor pulls begin at 11 a.m. on Grimaldi Field, followed by the ever-popular lawn tractor races at 3 p.m.
Artisans will be on the Common. Food trucks will be there, including some new ones
There will be a craft show and the annual Firefighters Chicken BBQ will take place around noon.
Next to Mills Market there will be an all-day cornhole tournament and a women’s skillet toss, both starting at 11 a.m.
The Ellis River Riders will be performing a horse show on Saturday and Sunday.
This traditional event began in 1980 following the city’s 175th anniversary in 1979, after many attendees urged the committee to continue an annual celebration.
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Andover Olde Home Days 2022

August 5, 6 and 7

friday august 5
All evening on Le Commun t-shirts, macaroons and a 50/50 raffle.
Art exhibition 4-7pm at Andover Guest House (opposite the Mills Market).
6:30 p.m. live concert with the Marshall Meisner Band and the Pete Coolidge Band on The Common.

Saturday August 6
All day — Shuttle service from Grimaldi Field to Common.
All day — T-shirts, buttons and 50/50 raffle. On sale on the Common while supplies last.
All day — Pony/horse rides at the baseball diamond woodcarving demonstration next to City Hall.
8 am — Andover Elementary School Road Race. Pre-registration begins at 7:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m. — Coffee, donuts and cookies at the Congress Church
8:00 a.m. — Vintage and Classic Car Show at Akers Field behind the fire station.
10 a.m. — Parade. Line up at 9 a.m.; Judging at 9:30 a.m. White’s Field. Bicycles, horse-drawn carriages, carts line up at 9:00 a.m.; Judging at 9:30 a.m. on the tennis court.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Photography contest and exhibition at City Hall.
11 a.m. — Tractor draw at Grimaldi field.
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Flower Show at the Andover Historic Building.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Art exhibition at Andover Guest House.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Cornhole tournament and stove toss (left of Mills Market).
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Activities and games for children at the baseball field.
11:30 a.m. — Chicken barbecue at the fire station.
11:30 am — Lobster dinner at Mills’ Market.
12 p.m. — Button draws and common raffle.
12-4:30 p.m. — Book Sale at Andover Public Library.
3:00 p.m. — Lawn tractor races at Grimaldi Field.
3:00 p.m. – Ellis River Riders Horse Show on Airport Road.

Sunday August 7
10:00 a.m. — Ellis River Riders Horse Show on Airport Road.
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The Flower Show returns
The 69th Annual Flower Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Andover Historical Society Building.
The theme is “Community”. The categories are:

1. Hook and ladder — Arrangement using a metal container.
2. Friday Night Concerts ‘Song Titles’ — Your choice.
3. Devil’s Den – Your choice of arrangement.
4. Unique specimen — “In dedication” — Bottles provided.
5. Appalachian Trail — Arrangement using greens and whites.
6. Flat Rocks – Flat Garden Arrangement – 12 and under.
7. Andover Common—Military Appreciation.

Arrangements using red, white and blue
8. Historical Society – House Plants Honoring Eda Perkins.
9. Circle of Service — Arrangement using a cup and saucer.
10. ‘Going Moosing’ – using moose, wildflowers and grasses.
11. Town Meeting — Creative, colorful and energetic.

Entries will be received between 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening. Please pick up exhibits between 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. on Saturday.

Greenery and accessories allowed in all entries except single specimen. One entry per category — no artificial flowers.
Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Honorable Mention, Best of Show and Judge’s Award. All decisions are final; closed doors during the judgment.
The Flower Committee is not responsible for any loss or breakage.
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Andover Olde Home Days Photography Contest Saturday
The annual photography competition will take place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hôtel de Ville.
There are two groups of participants, those 15 and under and those 16 and over. Entrants can submit up to 28 photos, 4 in each category.
Categories included black and white, portrait, landscape, flower, birds, animal, and single.
They can be dropped off at the town hall on Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
If you need to drop off your photos at another time during the week, call or text Ray at (207) 418-1157. Each photo should have your name, city and category on the back. Please include your age if you are 15 or younger.
No professionals please.


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