ANDOVER—The 175th anniversary highlights include visits by Jenny Lind and Pastor Lars Paul Esbjörn, a car show, children's activities, a parade, concerts, and a beard contest.


Jenny Lind, Pastor Esbjörn to visit

K Krewer and Pastor Armin Weng will portray two famous persons during Andover’s 175th anniversary celebration from Friday, June 4, through Sunday, June 6.

Krewer will appear as Jenny Lind, the Swedish soprano who contributed $1,500 to the cost of building Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover.

Weng will be Pastor Lars Paul Esbjörn, who founded the chapel in 1850. It was the first congregation in the Lutheran Augustana Synod of North America. He also helped start the Augustana Synod and Augustana College in 1860.

Visitors will find them at Jenny Lind Chapel from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, as well as during the cemetery walk at the chapel from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Entries sought for Andover car show

The Andover 175th Anniversary Festival will feature a car show Saturday,?June 5, rain or shine. The event will be held at Route 81 and Locust Street.

Registration will be held from 9 a.m. to noon with pre-entry fee discounted if entered before May 5.

Awards include Best of Show, Best Paint, Best Engine, Mayor’s Choice and Longest Distance Award. Awards and raffle will be held at 3 p.m.

Music will be provided by 3-D Sound Company. For further information, contact Tim Smith at (309) 714-0201 or Gary?Firch at (309) 945-2455.

Entertainment schedule

Andover’s 175th anniversary celebration from Friday, June 4, through Sunday, June 6, features entertainment every day.

Friday is teen night. The Bix Youth Band will play at 6:30 p.m. on the east side of Andover Lake Park. A play called “The Dreamers” will be produced at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Luther Hall at Augustana Lutheran Church. Disc jockey Roger Royer will host a teen dance from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the east side of the park.

On Saturday, Swedish dancers will perform from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Andover Historical Museum. The Big Parade, so big it will require two staging areas, will step off at 1 p.m. on Highway 81.

Afterwards, three of the marching bands from the parade will perform on the east side of the park. The Maple City German Band will play at 7 p.m. in the same place.

A fireworks display will be held on Saturday and Sunday nights.
Sunday’s schedule includes a beard-judging contest at noon on the east side of the park. A cemetery walk featuring historic personages will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at Jenny Lind Chapel. On the east side of the park, the Secret Squirrel Band will play at 2 p.m., the Little Mister and Miss Andover contest will be at 4 p.m. and the Orion Community Band will perform at 7 p.m.

Beard contest

The beard contest will be at noon Sunday, June 6, in the band shelter at Andover Lake Park. Categories include full beard, groomed beard, handlebars, goatees, mustaches and sideburns, as well as grayest beard. To register, phone Don and Dorothy Norberg at (309) 521-8606 or (309) 236-2619.

Children’s activities

A fishing derby will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, on the east side of Andover Lake Park. An amusement area will feature a petting zoo, train rides, an 18-foot slide and inflatables from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the park.

The S.M.A.R.T. bus for kids will be in the west side of the park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Games and contests for all ages will be at 1 p.m. Sunday on the west side of the park. The Little Mr. and Miss Andover contest will be at 4 p.m. Sunday on the east side of the park.