At least one of Andover Days' organizers says the event should not be held in June anymore, after part of the two-day downtown celebration was rained on for the second year in a row.

A Friday night concert was cut short by rain, and a five-kilometer road race was also affected. The weather was sunny and comfortable on Saturday.

"It was a good time, but it did rain again. It was disappointing. The past two years, we've seen rain," said Betsy Powers, owner of Culinary Concepts and the president of the Andover Business Center Association. "We don't have good June weather anymore."

Head organizer Don Robb said he thought the event went well, despite the rain.

An Andover Days committee will discuss whether to hold the June event in late fall, once the September version | Harvest Days | is done, Robb said.

"I think we have to consider it," Robb said. "We have to decide whether to do both next year or just one. We'll be looking for feedback from people."

Andover Days events historically take place in June. September was only added last year, when the June event was completely rained out. It ended up being a success.

This year, the committee decided to experiment with holding events on both dates.

There's also the issue of closing down Main Street.

Powers felt the event didn't go as well as it could this year because car traffic forced shoppers to compete with pedestrians for sidewalk space. Andover used to close Main Street for its Bazaar Days event.

"It gives the event a different feel when you close the road," she said. "People are more relaxed and they look around more."

Robb said the committee will be asking the Board of Selectmen to close the road for the September event, which will include art in the park, kids' activities, sales on Main Street and games and refreshments.

"Police prefer not to close it down," Robb said. "It's a main thoroughfare. It causes some problems. But it would be good for the downtown activities."

The event is put on by the Business Center Association, Historical Society, Cultural Council, Department of Community Services, Andona Society and the Andover/North Andover YMCA.

Each sponsor has a member on the Andover Days Committee, and will have a hand in deciding whether to hold an event in June, September or both next year.



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