Andover, the oldest community in Henry County, plans to celebrate its 185th birthday during the first weekend in June.
"Where Tradition Meets Progress" will be the theme of events from Friday, June 5, through Sunday, June 7. See the accompanying article for a detailed schedule. For the most up-to-date details and entry forms, visit andovertourism.com/June Festival. If the coronavirus pandemic forces its postponement, the festival will be Friday, July 24, through Sunday, July 26.
As scheduled now, the celebration will include a grand parade on Saturday, June 6. Registration will be at noon at the town shed on the corner of Pine Street and Illinois Route 81. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. and roll down Route 81 four blocks to the American Legion Post on Elm Street.
Categories include bands, horses, motorcycles, cars, tractors, youth groups and politicians.
Prizes will be awarded to Best Costumed Walker, Best Costumed Pet, Best Decorated Bike, Best Float and Best of Theme entry.
For more information, send a message to Valli Putman, email@example.com; Julia Brandt, firstname.lastname@example.org and Steve Conrad, email@example.com.
Entry forms are available on andovertourism.com/June Festival. Forms are due Friday, May 8.
Another highlight will be the first annual Andover Cruise In from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday on Route 81. All cars, trucks and motorcycles are invited to participate.
Top 30 prizes and door prizes will be awarded. Dixon's 3-D Sound Company will provide music and announcements.
For more information or an entry form, phone Tim Smith at (309) 714-0201 or or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds from Saturday's craft and vendor market will go toward the restoration of the historic bandstand in Andover Lake Park. For more information, phone Barbara Fuller,
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• Baseball tournament, round robin for 12- and 13-U teams, Friday evening under the lights and daytime hours on Saturday and Sunday, at the Andover Terrible Swedes ball diamond in Andover Lake Park. For more information, contact Stephanie Noyd.
• 5K race, registration at 7 a.m. Saturday, race start at 8 a.m., on Elm Street north of the American Legion post. Proceeds will benefit the bandshell refurbishment project.
• Quilt show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, downstairs at Legion post.
• Tractor show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, in front of Andover Historical Museum, west of Andover Lake Park.
• Celebration of the Swedish Nightingale, Jenny Lind, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jenny Lind Chapel.
• Band concerts, all Saturday, Black Hawk Pipes & Drums, 2 p.m., east side of park; Crimson River Gospel Trio, 4 p.m., lakeside shelter in the park; Orion Commuity Park, 6 p.m., lakeside shelter; Mo's Garage Band, 8 to 11 p.m., Nutty Bar beer garden; Bix Youth Jazz Band, 8:15 to 9:15 p.m., lakeside shelter.
• Fireworks show by Tom Krawiec, Nostalgia Pyrotechnics, 9:30 p.m., Saturday, over Andover Lake.
• Memorial Service and Salute to Veterans, 10 a.m. Sunday, bandshell in park. For more information about the festival, send a message to Denise_lilly@hotmail.com.
Festival sponsors are the Andover Tourism Council and Andover Village Board.