ANDOVER — The Andover Lions Club, which each year hosts the Maple Festival in Andover, will be adding an extra element to its 42nd annual event: live entertainment.
“Early festivals featured more live entertainment and performances, something we have drifted away from,” said Lions Club President Steve Walker.
As a way to address the concern, the group will be adding four musical group performances to its April 5 and 6 festival lineup.
The band After The Blast will perform from noon to 1:30 p.m. April 5, followed by 2 p.m. show from The Dady Brothers, a Rochester-based Irish Folk duo. The Dady Brothers show is being sponsored by Walker Metalsmiths and Hart Memorials.
Sunday’s performances will begin with Brothers Grateful from noon to 2 p.m., followed a 2 to 3:30 p.m. show by Frank-N-Rich.
All of the performances will be held in the auditorium at Andover Central High School, 31 Elm St., Andover.
Some of the traditional activities being held this year include a pancake breakfast starting at 7 a.m. both days and continuing into the afternoon. Exhibits will open at 9 a.m. both days and continue to 5 p.m. Saturday and at 4 p.m. Sunday. Saturday morning there will be a puppet show at 10 a.m. and at 11 a.m. there will be a kids’ tractor pull. Food booths also will be on-site throughout the festival.
Also, as part of the event, The Andover Lions Club will be selling maple products, syrup and maple sugar candy produced locally. In addition, the Lions will be holding eye screenings for children under the age of 6 as well as diabetes screening for all ages in the Health Room.
Proceeds from the Lions’ fundraising activities are returned to the community in many ways, including assistance with eye health and blindness prevention, scholarships and support for a wide number of community projects, noted the club’s president.
More information about the activities of The Andover Lions Club can be found on its website at www.andoverlions.org.