Annual four-day festival
Greater Andover Days (GAD) is a four-day festival that occurs the 4th weekend after Labor Day weekend. This year the dates are Sept. 27 through Sept. 30.
The event offers handfuls of fun, food, and entertainment for the entire family! Over 5,000 people attend GAD annually.
The festival includes a food court, KidFest, hot dog eating contest, parade, fishing clinic, car show, business expo/craft fair, carnival, ice cream social, live entertainment and a fireworks show in Central Park.
The First Greater Andover Days Festival took place in 1967 as an effort to unify the citizens of Andover through a shared festival experience. Admission to the festival is covered through the purchase of a GAD button. GAD buttons are available for sale at local retailers typically 1-2 weeks in advance of the festival. Children 5 and under are free.
Ottaway Amusement's carnival rides and games are Thursday through Sunday.
GAD events are located within the Andover Central Park at 1607 E. Central, unless otherwise indicated on the schedule.
Visit www.andoverks.com for sign up forms to enter the business expo/craft fair, fishing and archery clinic, parade and other activities, or call the City of Andover at 31 6733 1303. Check the website for the full schedule of events.
Gazebo entertainment on Saturday
6 p.m. – Ice Cream Social at the Gazebo
Amphiteater entertainment on Saturday
2 p.m. – Hotdog Eating Contest (all ages)
2:30 p.m. – Watermelon Eating Contest (ages 5-12)
3:30 p.m. – Turtle race – (all ages) Bring a hard shell, box turtle (No snapping or soft shell turtles allowed) 3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Car Show Winners Announced
6 p.m .– Parade and Contest winners announced
6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Concert in the Park, featuring Radioflyer