By Mark Boshnack Staff Writer
The Daily Star
---- — Whether you like parades, music, vendors or food, Andes is the place to be Saturday, organizers of an upcoming event said.
Andes Community Day gets underway that day from 7-10 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the fire hall, Sally O’Neill a member of the event planning committee said Wednesday.
Events will continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various locations around the hamlet for the event that has been going on for more than 80 years, she said. It is celebrated on the second Saturday of August and commemorates a seminal event in the Anti-Rent War that took place in Andes Aug. 7, 1845.
One of her favorite activities is the parade that starts at 10:30 a.m. on the eastern side of the hamlet and continues down Main Street to the school, she said. It will include marching bands, clowns, fire trucks and community groups such as the Girl Scouts. There will be a lot of antique cars that will otherwise be in the car show at the school that starts at 10 a.m. Another highlight is the 2 p.m. watermelon eating contest at the pavilion behind the Andes Hotel.
The day brings the community together and brings traffic to the town, helping local businesses.
“Everybody has a great time,” she said.
The other member of the planning committee is Maria Ditchek. She got involved a couple of years ago, after she and her husband moved to the community full time. They have lived there for 30 years and always attended, she said.
“I love the parade,” she said, but her favorite part part is walking up and down Main Street and seeing everyone having a wonderful time. “It’s really a lot of fun.”
Other events include from 1 - 4 p.m. on the school lawn, a performance by County Express; at 1 p.m. a corn eating contest at the Andes Hotel Summershack. All day events include starting at 10 a.m. Chester the Clown at various locations; starting at 11 a.m. hayrides in front of the Andes Hotel; food and lawn sales throughout the hamlet, and also starting at 11 a.m. the Michelle MacNaught Fund Art Auction at Koenig Barn at 160 Main Street.