Because of scores of people, Andover had a fantastic More Fun on 81 Festival the weekend of June 2 and 3.
It could not have happened without the generous support of our corporate sponsors: Cambridge Telephone, Casey’s, Central Bank, Dispatch/Argus, Mid-American Energy and Modern Woodmen of America.
With their support, we were able to offer all events and activites free, including some great prizes for the fishing derby, go-kart contests and talent show.
Because of their assistance, we were able to feature the Filipino-American Performing Artists of QCA, the Orion Community Band and the Spoon River Valley Young Marines Chamber Orchestra.
It was an added treat to have the Velie buggies and autos on display, as well as having Dennis Carlson, woodcarver, showing his skills.
It takes lots of volunteers to make the festival happen, and we had them.
When you start adding up the people doing traffic control, running a fishing derby and the go-kart contests and rides, working in the organization food stands, providing stage seating and equipment, manning the bounce house, coordinating the art show and crafts, putting on the antique lawn and farm tractor show, and hosting open houses at our historical buildings, you come up with lots of volunteers.
Most of the festivities were held in or near the beautiful 10-acre Andover Lake Park. There were volunteers assisting the part-time paid employees planting flowers; helping clean the rest rooms, picnic shelters, bandstand and playground areas; and keeping the ball diamond in top shape. Finally, what made the festival successful were the hundreds of visitors who came from near and far to enjoy themselves.
The welcome mat is always out in Andover. Take a drive around town to see our many well-marked historic and unique sites; have a picnic by the lake at the park; and enjoy the country beauty walking, driving or biking around the area.
Ron Peterson, Chairman, Andover Tourism Council