Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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September 20, 2012

Sun, fun and tons of people for Andover Day@categoryGray:

Near perfect weather led to perhaps the most successful Andover Day yet.

Thousands descended on Main Street this past Saturday, as the downtown was closed to traffic for a civic festival that has become one of the most well attended events of the year.

People were able to enjoy a variety of entertainment, with performance stages hosting musical groups at each end of downtown Main Street. A kind of mini Clown Town, with a handful of carnival rides by the amusement company used by the Andona Society, was available to young children in the town’s Olde Andover Village parking lot.

To top it off, 60 artists showed their works in the Park one block off Main Street, as Art in the Park was held on the same day.

“I used to always come [to Bazaar Days] with my daughter when they were younger. It was fun,” said Diane Sherry of Andover Street, who attended Andover Day with her husband of 43 years, Colin. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been. All the kids are older and married now. We said, ‘It will be nice to go and see what it will be like, if it will be like the old days.’”

Bazaar Days was a popular event for several decades, promoting the downtown and its businesses. After it petered out, a new downtown business group, the Andover Business Center Association tried to create a new event, Andover Day.

If anything, Andover Day has become bigger than anything that came before it.

Lady Jayne’s Gourmet Popcorn, one of dozens of food vendors at the event, estimated that it had popped 100 pounds of kernels as of about 3 p.m., and served 350 gallons of their crunchy snack. It was the first day for the new business started by Andover residents Scott and Jo-Anne Gibson, and named after Jo-Anne’s mother.

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