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.

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