Andover Family Fun Fest staged on sunny Saturday

The 18th annual Andover Family Fun Fest kicked off on the afternoon of July 12 with perfect, sunny weather.

The Andover Huskies mascot delighted young parade goers with handshakes and high-fives at Andover Family Fun Fest’s parade Saturday.
The Andover Huskies mascot delighted young parade goers with handshakes and high-fives at Andover Family Fun Fest’s parade Saturday.

Community booths and food vendors set up for business on the Andover City Hall grounds, while kids crowded to the Andover Elementary School grounds to enjoy the inflatables at the Magic Bounce Fun Zone. Residents turned out to enjoy the River City Cloggers, bingo and a street dance with the Rockin’ Hollywoods.

Soggy ground on Saturday morning from heavy overnight rains didn’t dampen runners’ enthusiasm for the 8 a.m. 5K fun run, which featured a new route this year because of the road construction on Nightingale Street.

The rain from the night before had turned the Magic Bounce Fun Zone into a pond; collapsed inflatables lay soaking in the water. However, by Saturday mid-afternoon the water had been drained and the inflatables were back in business.

Saturday was jam-packed with activities, including the annual parade on Crosstown Boulevard from Andover High School to the community center. Residents lined the street, enjoying fire trucks, performers and floats.

Other attractions on Saturday included a baby crawling contest, Lowe’s Build & Grow, karate and Tae Kwan Do demonstrations, the Minnesota Zoomobile, a silent auction, a craft and gift show in the YMCA Community Center and a classic car show

The fun fest concluded with a street dance featuring music from The Law, followed by a fireworks display in Sunshine Park.

Cub Scouts of Pack 414 of Andover looked sharp in their uniforms on the pack’s float at the Andover Fun Fest parade. The Andover Huskies dance team kicked up their heels during Andover’s Fun Fest parade Saturday. Ben Fredrick of Andover and his partner Audrey Waldal of Blaine showed off his mint green 1955 Oldsmobile at the Classic Car Show at Andover Family Fun Fest Saturday. Fredrick has owned the car for about five years and is proud that the car is all original and has only 83,000 miles. This wagon full of cuteness attracted looks and attention from a number of Andover Family Fun Fest goers, and Vicky Camasho of Andover stopped to let people admire its contents. In the wagon are Camasho’s eight-month-old grandson, Blake Schmidt, and 10-week-old English mastiff Dozer. Sitting close by is Camasho’s fully-grown English mastiff, Sydney. Four-year-old Brynn Inderlee of Andover closed her eyes and sat patiently as Ándreá Mitchem painted a pink butterfly on her face. Friday night’s heavy rains left a bit of a watery mess for the kids’ inflatables area Saturday morning. However, by mid afternoon workers had drained the rainwater out of the area and the inflatables were up and filled with laughing children again. This move looks impressive enough as it is, but this young man at the Andover Fun Fest Parade did it while on Jam Hops’ moving float. Jam Hops is located in Ham Lake and teaches gymnastics, dance and cheer. Mayor Mike Gamache waved at the parade crowd from a little red convertible on Saturday at Andover’s 18th annual Family Fun Fest. This giant frog may have been a bit intimidating for this young parade spectator. The hot, muggy weather Saturday morning did not seem to slow down these Andover YMCA exercise instructors, who showed off some energetic workout moves in the Fun Fest parade on Saturday.	Photos by Karin Craig
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This wagon full of cuteness attracted looks and attention from a number of Andover Family Fun Fest goers, and Vicky Camasho of Andover stopped to let people admire its contents. In the wagon are Camasho’s eight-month-old grandson, Blake Schmidt, and 10-week-old English mastiff Dozer. Sitting close by is Camasho’s fully-grown English mastiff, Sydney.