ANDOVER — The 38th annual Andover Olde Home Days is set for Aug. 3 to 5, with music, a parade, horse and buggy rides, antique car show and a barrel train for children.
Friday night kicks off with an art show on the Town Common at 5 p.m. T-shirts and buttons with this year’s theme, “Back in the Day,” will be for sale.
Saturday’s activities are all over town. The day begins with a parade at 10 a.m. featuring, among other entries, floats, firetrucks, ATVs, horses and Army vehicles. All are encouraged to participate. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to the top three floats.
Also on Saturday, the largest amateur photo contest in the state will be held at the Town Hall. A flower show at the Andover Historical Society, art show in the Town Hall and vendors and food will be available on the Town Common.
The Antique Car Show will be at Akers Ski.
Competitions include the skillet toss at the ball field, fly casting in Morse’s yard, children’s games at the tennis court, Service Circle Foot Road Race in town, and cornhole contest at the fire station).
A book sale at the town library and a chicken barbecue at the fire station are also on the schedule.
The Andover Ellis River Riders will have its Horse Game Show on Airport Road.
At Grimaldi Field, kids tractor pulls, Ford antique tractor pulls and lawnmower races will be held.
All events are free to the public.
Sunday will see a special Homecoming Service with the Andover Congregational Church on the Town Common will include a picnic lunch.
The Ellis River Riders continue on Sunday at 9 a.m. as well, with their Open English & Western Horse Show. There will be horses, riders and clinicians from various disciplines to entertain and teach people about the versatility of horses.
To rent a space on the Common, call Judy Michaud at 207-392-1221. Other questions can be directed to Chad Bishop at 207-357-9617.
Winner of the theme contest for the 38th annual Andover Old Home Days is Carol Gaudin, a former Andover resident who now lives in Rumford. The theme will be “Back in the Day.” She is wearing a T-shirt for this year’s event.