Andover Olde Home Days goes on despite rain

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Children ride on a barrel train Saturday at Andover Olde Home Days.

The theme of the Andover Olde Home Days parade Saturday was “Back in the Day.” This float depicts a class at Andover Elementary School.

ANDOVER — The rain let up just long enough to complete the traditional parade, with the theme of “Back in the Day,” at the 38th annual Andover Olde Home Days on Saturday.

Events continue Sunday.

Saturday also featured an amateur photo contest at the Town Hall, a flower show at the Andover Historical Society, an art show in the Town Hall, and many vendors on the Town Common.

There was an antique car show, a skillet toss competition, fly casting, a cornhole contest, and the annual Service Circle Foot Road Race.

Action continues Sunday under brighter skies with the Open English & Western Horse Show featuring the Ellis River Riders beginning at 10 a.m. There will be horses, riders and clinicians from various disciplines to entertain and teach people about the versatility of the horse. Events will include dressage, roping, barrel racing and driving.

There will be a special homecoming service by the Andover Congregational Church from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Town Common. Bring your own lunch and chair.

At 2 p.m., there will be second-day lawn mower races at the Motawh Speedway on Grimaldi Field.

This traditional event began in 1980 following the 175th anniversary of the town in 1979, after many participants urged the committee to continue with a yearly celebration.

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