Council hears that Andrews Summer Festival could be bigger than ever

This summer’s Andrews Summer Festival is taking shape, its chair told the Andrews Town Council on Monday, Feb. 27, and could be even bigger than ever.

Festival Chair Julie Newsome said two bands have been confirmed for the festival, which will be held Aug. 11 and 12, and a third band may be added to the schedule.

She asked the council to continue its tradition of using town funds to pay for the bands, but did not have an exact figure for that expense. Council members took no immediate action on her request.

Other attractions already nailed down for the festival include a petting zoo, camel rides and pony rides by Hoosier Camel Encounter as well as clowns, a caricature artist, a photo booth and more.

Many of the activities are free, Newsome said, and the festival committee is seeking business sponsors and holding fund-raisers to cover the costs.
A pizza buffet fund-raiser at Pizza Hut is set for March 27.

The festival committee is also working with Triton Hydrofarms and Greenhouse to hold a plant sale on Mother’s Day weekend, May 12 and 13. Triton will supply the plants and the festival committee will receive 50 percent of the profits, Newsome said.

Newsome received permission from the council to use the Andrews Municipal Building parking lot for the sale.

Newsome also addressed the council on behalf of the Andrews Community Helpers, receiving permission to use a fire truck to bring the Easter Bunny from Andrews Elementary School to the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department for an Easter egg hunt on April 15.

Newsome said the Andrews Community Helpers plan to stuff 3,800 eggs for the event.

In other business:

• The council signed a contract with Region 3A Development and Regional Planning Commission to serve as the grant administrator for the town’s wastewater treatment plant construction project.

Region 3A was the only agency to submit a grant administrator proposal.

• Council members agreed to begin working on a comprehensive plan for the town in hopes of sharing in grant funds.

• Town Marshal Austin Bullock said he had picked up the new police vehicle on Feb. 27 and must now have equipment and lights installed.

One of the town’s current police vehicles will be sold.