A reformatted Andrews Summer Festival opens Friday evening, Aug. 16, with a special event for teens at the Andrews Park.
"We'll have a DJ there with music," says Ray Tackett, one of the festival's organizers. "If they want to dance, they can dance."
The DJ for the evening is Monte Sieberns, who grew up in Huntington and can be heard on Wabash radio station 105.9 The Bash.
"Teen Night@The Park" gets underway on Friday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. and continues through 9 p.m. at the Andrews Park. It's open to any age teen, Tackett says, and there's no admission charge.
Sieberns' appearance on Friday begins a theme of local-boys-made-good-in-the-media-world, a theme that continues with an appearance by Andrews native Paul Poteet - a radio veteran who now calls himself "Indiana's Weatherman" - as grand marshal of the festival parade. The parade steps off from Andrews Elementary School on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m., and proceeds down the town's main street to its end point at California Street.
Garage sales will take place around town all day
Friday and Saturday. Both days will also feature a Marketplace on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; rides and inflatables behind the Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and a dunk tank in the Bethesda church parking lot from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tackett says registrations are still being accepted for the horseshoe tournament. Competition in the double elimination tournament begins at noon on Saturday. There's no charge to register, and participants will compete in four age groups starting at 5 years old.
Anyone interested should call Gary Brown at 356-8477.
Activities on Saturday open at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library, where a book and bake sale takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Bethesda Free Will Baptist Church will serve a hot dog lunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., then come back with a free ice cream social from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Children's activities, including crafts, nail painting, games, snacks and face painting, will take place in the Community Center, located behind the Town Hall, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children ages 2-11 can compete in a hula hoop contest at noon.
Over at the Andrews Park, a petting zoo will be set up from noon to 4 p.m. and Big Wheel race is set to start at 1 p.m.
A gazebo dedication and historical walk are set for 5 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery, with free refreshments served beginning at 4:30 p.m.
The band God's Country will end the festival with a concert from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the park.