ANDOVER – Parades, food, flower and photography contests and a multitude of other events take place this weekend during the annual Andover Olde Home Days beginning Friday evening.

New this year are a children’s tractor pull and a barrel train, along with T-shirts featuring the theme of this year’s event, Mollyockett Indian Princess.

Most of the events and displays take place around the town common and bandstand, including a kickoff musical performance on the common at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday, a foot race begins at Andover Elementary School at 8 a.m., followed by a bicycle and doll carriage parade down Main Street at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m., the major parade begins, featuring several bands, firetrucks, floats, and World War II tanks.

The annual flower show is on display in the Andover Historical Society Building while the photography exhibit will be shown downstairs in the town hall Saturday.

Also on Saturday, a quilt show will be on exhibit at the Congregational Church, an antique and classic car show at Akers’ Field, and food will be available all day throughout the village, including the annual chicken barbecue at the fire station beginning at 11 a.m..

Events include a pie eating contest at 11:30 a.m., fly casting at 12:30 p.m., horseshoe tournament at 1 p.m., and arm wrestling at 5 p.m. In between, many other activities for both children and adults will be offered including a library book sale and raffle, moon bounce for children and other games, and prize drawings.

All day, horse drawn wagon rides will be provided and various vendors will offer crafts, antiques and flea market items. The day ends at 8 p.m. with a dance at the fire station.

All day on Sunday, the Ellis River riders will offer a Natural Horsemanship Clinic in South Andover, and the Mahoosuc Land Trust will offer tours with horse drawn rides from 3 to 5 p.m., beginning at the conservation office on the South Arm Road.

Olde Home Days T-shirts, buttons and 50/50 raffle tickets will be on sale Friday evening and much of Saturday.


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