The Andover Family Fun Fest last Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 once again drew a large crowd of people looking for family fun activities.
There was some bad luck on Friday the 13th because a thunderstorm rumbled in when the evening activities were getting ready to start, but volunteer Fun Fest organizer Nancy DeSteno said there was still a good crowd that stuck around and took shelter until the rain slowed to a drizzle. A decent audience came out for the Friday night street dance and right after the Rockin’ Hollywoods played its last note, it poured.
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It was bright, sunny and warm on Saturday. DeSteno estimated that thousands of people came through although many will come for the morning activities and the parade, take a break in the afternoon and come back for the evening’s activities, DeSteno said.
Saturday’s events started out at 8 a.m. with 535 participants taking part in the 5K fun run/walk, according to the run’s organizer Cindy DeRuyter. The younger runners then did their own fun run/walk.
Many familiar events such as the parade, car show, inflatable playground and helicopter rides made a return visit.
The craft and gift show drew 88 vendors. The Hometown Hockey Classic featured four teams, according to Cindy Ramseier, administrative assistant for the community center.
Instead of petting a bunny or llama, kids were able to pet a tiger fur and learn more about spiders, skunks and many other animals through the Minnesota Zoomobile. This was a new attraction.
DeSteno said the area was packed with people Saturday night for the street dance featuring the band The Law and for the fireworks show.
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