When Clown Town opens at 6 p.m. in Andover Friday, it will be the 70th time Andona, the all-volunteer, women-run nonprofit, has hosted its best-known annual fundraiser.
Andona handed out $14,000 in scholarships, $4,500 in camp scholarships and $27,825 in grants for social and emotional programs, books, clubs and sports last year. Andona has distributed more than $1 million to support kids in Andover since its founding in 1952.
If you’re going to Clown Town:
The event runs from 6-10 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Central Park at the corner of Bartlet and Chestnut Streets. Saturday’s forecast is calling for lots of rain, so Friday night may be even more crowded than usual
The carnival has rides, carnival games, fair food and music. From 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, there is a sensory-friendly hour. There will be face painting, games and crafts especially for toddlers and pre-schoolers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Parking will also be tighter than usual : In addition to municipal, school administration parking lots, being used for the event, parts of the lots behind Old Town Hall are closed for construction. Parking is available in municipal lots at Chestnut Court and 89 Main Street, as well as limited, temporary parking spots will remain open in front of Town Offices (see map below).
If you want to avoid the parking crunch, bike to Clown Town. WalkBike Andover has a brand new interactive bicycle parking map that will show all the nearby places to lock up.