Next up - Andrews Summer Festival this weekend

The band BackWater, shown here performing at last year’s Andrews Summer Festival, will be back for this year’s festival as well, playing Saturday night on the main stage.
The band BackWater, shown here performing at last year’s Andrews Summer Festival, will be back for this year’s festival as well, playing Saturday night on the main stage. TAB file photo

Some new events are on tap and some popular attractions will return to the upcoming Andrews Summer Festival, which takes place Friday, Aug. 10 and Saturday, Aug. 11. But Festival Chair Julie Newsome says one of the biggest draws to this year’s festivities will be the music, featuring four bands.

“We’re ready for it,” she says. “We’re hoping we have good weather and no rain – we don’t want any storms. And hopefully everybody will come out and enjoy all of our year’s worth of hard work.”

Open Karaoke with Chase is the opening act, inviting crooners of all ages to sing and dance on the Main Street stage Friday, Aug. 10, at 3 p.m. Then, the Mountain Dewe Boys will continue the entertainment, with a performance Friday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the main stage. The band plays a mix of classic, bluegrass, rockabilly, honkytonk and new country music. A 50/50 drawing will be announced during the show at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 11, Alan Jackson tribute artist Roy Carter, who hails from Huntington County, will take the main stage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At 2 p.m. Saturday Steele Rail Band will play classic rock tunes on the main stage until 5 p.m.

Also on Saturday, the popular country, classic rock and southern rock band BackWater, from Huntington, will cap off the night, playing from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the main stage. A 50/50 drawing will be held during the show at 9 p.m.

But there are lots of other fun events planned for the two-day event as well, Newsome says.

“Some new activities for the kids,” she says. “We’re still going to have the bounce houses, but we’re doing the miniature golf, skee ball and a few other activities for the kids to do this year.”

Included are activities with names like “Toddler Town Toy Story,” “Twin Spin,” “Obstacle Adrenaline Rush 2” and “Wrecking Ball,” available at 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday on Main Street. The bounce houses will be different, Newsome says, but the popular trackless train will be back, as well as the photo booth and caricatures by Darlene, open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Also back this year, the Hoosier Camel Encounter is on Friday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a petting zoo, camel and pony rides in the Town Hall’s west lot.

Another perennial favorite, the Cutie King and Queen crowning will take place Friday at 6 p.m. on the main stage.

Not one – but two parades are planned through town on Saturday, the first beginning at 10 a.m. starting from the Andrews Elementary School. Grand Marshal is Chuck Kuschel. At 9:30 p.m., the “Light Up the City” parade gets underway, starting at the Andrews United Methodist Church. Both parades are sponsored by the Andrews Lions Club.

“The kids loved it,” Newsome says. “The Lions Club wanted to do the light parade again, and the kids like it.”
Lights for the nighttime parade can be purchased at the Lions Club booth.

Cornhole athletes are invited to sign up for the tournament, which takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday. It will be a blind draw, double elimination, best two out of three games competition.

The Andrews Summer Festival Car Show will be held on Saturday evening this year, beginning at 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. along Main Street. The open show is sponsored by Huntington Chevrolet, and features 25 dash plaques, Top 10 trophies and door prizes. An entrance fee is charged.

Also Saturday, a raffle will be held for a three-person outdoor swing, two electronic tablets and a girl’s and a boy’s Big Wheel. Tickets may be purchased at the festival booth or from any festival member.

Refreshments can be had during the weekend as well, with food vendors joining craft vendors along Jefferson Street beginning at 3 p.m. Friday. Kermit’s Food Shop will offer food and drink specials from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. both days, and Bud’s Sports Bar will offer outdoor food and beer from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. both days. On Saturday, a hot dog luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Bethesda Free Will Baptist Church, followed by an ice cream social at the church from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Town-wide garage sales will also be ongoing throughout the weekend.

For more information, look up the Andrews Summer Festival page on Facebook.