Andrews to trot out festival finery this weekend

Evan Wall (right), of Hoosier Camel Encounter, leads a camel around the ring, giving rides to Alexia Blackstone (front) and Ashlyn Harshbarger during the 2016 Andrews Summer Festival. The camels will return to this year’s festival on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11 and 12.
Evan Wall (right), of Hoosier Camel Encounter, leads a camel around the ring, giving rides to Alexia Blackstone (front) and Ashlyn Harshbarger during the 2016 Andrews Summer Festival. The camels will return to this year’s festival on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11 and 12. TAB file photo

The community of Andrews will trot out its festival finery for the Andrews Summer Festival this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11 and 12.

Over the two days, there will be four bands, two parades, a crew of camels and enough food to satisfy everyone.

Crowning the festival’s Cutie King and Queen will be one of the first orders of business on Friday. The royal pair was chosen through a penny-a-vote photo contest that was open to children 4 years and younger. The winners will be announced Friday at 7:45 p.m. on the main stage, located in front of the Andrews Municipal Building on Main Street.

Two bands will entertain from that same stage on Friday night.

One Accord will play bluegrass, country and gospel music from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Band members are Vern Stages, Kathy Stages, Kody Stages, Ray Doss, Rhonda Doss and Ed Asher.

BackWater will entertain from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., bringing country, southern and classic rock to downtown Andrews. Band members are Gene Fugate, Tom Johnson, Rich Schwartz and Adam Kiel.

The fun gets underway Friday at 3 p.m., when the craft and food vendors open on Jefferson Street. A car show will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Main and Madison streets.

Games, including Toddler Town Toy Story, Moon Walk Atlantis, Western Shootout and Basketball Double Digital get started at 5 p.m. on Main Street, just north of the Andrews Municipal Building. Hoosier Camel Encounter will bring its petting zoo — and offer camel and pony rides — in the west lot of the Andrews Municipal Building from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Sports Bar will offer outdoor food and spirits from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Saturday opens with a pancake breakfast, served for a free will donation, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Bethesda Free Will Baptist Church. A book and bake sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, follows from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library.

The traditional festival parade through downtown Andrews gets underway Saturday at 10 a.m., with lineup at 9 a.m. at Andrews Elementary School. Mike Okuly will serve as master of ceremonies for the parade, and Mary Snyder is the parade’s grand marshal.

Snyder, 90, is a lifelong Huntington County resident and has three children, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She’s active in the Andrews United Methodist Church.

Craft and food vendors will be open beginning at 10 a.m.

The camels, pony rides and petting zoo return after the parade.

A host of activities get started at 11 a.m. They include a cake walk, duck pond, cornhole tournament and children’s activities including caricatures, clowns and a photo booth.

A trackless train will provide rides every hour on the hour, beginning at 11 a.m., starting from the Andrews Dallas-Township Public Library.

There’s also a cornhole tournament starting at 1 a.m. at the corner of Market and Washington streets. Signups will be accepted the day of the tournament.

Bethesda Free Will Baptist Church will serve a hot dog lunch, again for free will donations, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A waterwalk — walking on water inside a bubble — joins the Toddler Town Toy Story, Moon Walk Atlantis, Western Shootout and Basketball Double Digital from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the lot north of the Andrews Municipal Building. Bethesda Free Will Baptist Church will open its food line again from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., this time for an ice cream social. There’s a hula hoop contest at 6 p.m.

Bands return at 2 p.m., with the Mountain Dewe Boys on stage from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Blue River Band from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., In between bands, Chase Stephan will emcee a karaoke session on the main stage from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Sports Bar will serve outdoor food and spirits Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The final parade of the festival, the “Light Up the City” light parade, gets underway Saturday at 9:30 p.m. at Andrews United Methodist Church. The parade is sponsored by the Andrews Lions Club, which will have lights available for purchase.

Garage sales will take place all weekend.