“This was our kickoff. Our goal was to hit today because we knew there would be 10,000 people here,” said Scott Gibson. “Today’s been an incredible day.”
Because so many people were expected, most new businesses -- or even businesses planning to open soon -- made a point of being there, such as Sense of Wonder, Fisichelli’s Pastry Shop and Mad Maggie’s Ice Cream.
With 129 tents on Main Street representing local businesses and nonprofit organizations, people had a chance to find a new favorite place or hobby. Wess Murphy, executive director of Andover TV was able to tell people about the town’s cable TV station and its studio inside Andover High School’s Collins Center.
“A lot of people don’t know that we exist - or how we exist,” he said. “It’s a good time. Awesome weather.”
Kids carried balloons, kicked apart plastic blocks in the hands of martial arts instructors, and even wowed the crowds with their musical abilities on the stage at the southern end of downtown Main Street.
“We just moved into town and came in to explore and take in some of the local venue,” said new Pilgrim Drive resident Kerry Buckley, as her son Sean had a Batman symbol painted on his cheek. His sisters, Jaden and Ainsley, elected to have a sun and a shooting star painted on their faces, while their cousin Kalli Archambault chose an ice-cream cone.
“It’s such a beautiful day and you get to take in some of the local vendors. It’s nice to get to know the [community],” said Buckley.
Calvin Deyermond split the day helping both the Town Republican Committee and the Veterans Services tables. He said Andover Day provided him a chance to catch up with old acquaintances and make new ones.