The Andover Family Fun Fest offers a 5K run/walk, parade, craft show, two evening street dances and much more Friday and Saturday, July 12-13.
The community festival as always will be concentrated in the heart of the community by the Andover YMCA/Community Center, Andover City Hall and Sunshine Park. It kicks off 5 p.m. July 12 and ends with a fireworks show starting 10 p.m. July 13.
There will be some new events this year. From 5-6 p.m. Friday evening (July 12) will be a performance by the River City Cloggers on the Main Stage. Lowe’s is hosting a Build and Grow workshop starting 10 a.m. Saturday morning (July 13) on the Andover YMCA grounds. Wooden project kits will be available to the first 500 kids.
The popular craft fair is returning inside the Andover Community Center’s field house, but a new vendor will be the “Smile Spot Photo Booth” where you can get your picture taken and quickly developed. This will be open Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The food selections will be more extensive with Chinese, steak bites, cupcakes and Jonny Pops being added to the staple fair foods of burgers, chicken and cheese curds.
Reconstruction of Nightingale Street between Crosstown Boulevard and 161st Avenue will have a significant impact on this event.
The 5K Fun Run/Walk participants will not be going up Nightingale Street. Instead, they will continue south on Crosstown Boulevard and will cut through a neighborhood before eventually heading east on Andover Boulevard and north on Hanson Boulevard.
City Engineer and Public Works Director David Berkowitz said the city is mailing notices to the impacted residents to warn them that their access will be restricted during the run.
The parade starts at 11 a.m. at Andover High School and proceeds northeast on Crosstown Boulevard to the Andover YMCA/Community Center parking lot.
Crosstown between Andover Boulevard and Tower Drive east of Nightingale Street usually closed from 9 a.m. to after 11:30 a.m. for the parade. This segment will close at 7:30 a.m. this year because of the new 5K Fun Run/Walk route.
The runners and supporters must park at Andover Elementary School and should access the site off Hanson Boulevard, Berkowitz said. They cannot park at the Andover YMCA/Community Center as they have in the past because there will be a lot more people coming and going from that building to prepare for their own activities, he said.
As is customary, Crosstown Boulevard between Hanson Boulevard and Tower Drive will be closed from the time the Fun Fest starts 5 p.m. Friday evening through the time people leave around midnight Saturday going into Sunday after the fireworks.
The closure of Nightingale and the short segment of Crosstown Boulevard will force everyone to go southwest on Crosstown Boulevard after the fireworks, but Berkowitz said law enforcement will be directing traffic.
Friday (July 12)
5 p.m.-dusk: community booths
5-10 p.m.: Magic Bounce Fun Zone (Andover Elementary)
5-11 p.m.: Lions beer garden
5 p.m. to midnight: food vendors
5-6 p.m.: River City Cloggers (main stage)
6-9 p.m.: Bingo
6:30-7:15 p.m.: Wonderful World of Woody (under the tent)
8-11 p.m.: Street dance, Rockin’ Hollywoods
Saturday (July 13)
7-7:45 a.m.: Fun Run/Walk registration
8 a.m.: 5K Fun Run/Walk
9 a.m.: Kids Fun Run (half-mile)
10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Craft and Gift Show (Andover community center gym)
10 a.m.: Baby crawling contest (city hall garages)
10 a.m.: Lowe’s Build & Grow (Andover YMCA grounds)
10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Smile Spot Photo Booth (Andover community center gym)
10 a.m.-dusk: community booths, fundraising booths
10 a.m.-10 p.m.: Magic Bounce Fun Zone
10 a.m.-midnight: food vendors
11 a.m.: Parade
Noon-midnight: Lions beer garden
12:15-1 p.m.: World Tae Kwondo Academy demo (main stage)
1-3 p.m.: Minnesota Zoomobile (Andover YMCA grounds)
1-2 p.m.: Wind Dancers (main stage)
1-3 p.m.: Strolling entertainment
1-6 p.m.: Benji, volunteer caricature artist (Bingo tent)
2-6 p.m.: Silent auction (Bingo tent)
2-5 p.m.: Donkey pulled mini-covered wagon rides (Andover YMCA grounds)
2-5 p.m.: Classic car show (no pre-registration required) (Crosstown/Hanson)
2-4 p.m.: Balloon art (under dining tent)
2-9 p.m.: Bingo
2-3 p.m.: Brian Richards’ Magic Show (under the tent)
3-4 p.m.: National Karate demo (main stage)
4-5 p.m.: Todd Anderson as Elvis (under the tent)
4-7 p.m.: Wellness van
4-7 p.m.: Strolling entertainment
5-6 p.m.: Premier Karate demo (main stage)
6-7 p.m.: Betty Rydell and Randi Rae (under the tent)
8-11:30 p.m.: Street dance, The Law
10 p.m.: Fireworks (Sunshine Park)
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