33rd Annual Heritage Fair

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Join in the fun July 8

UNION – The McHenry County Historical Society & Museum will host its 33rd Annual Heritage Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at the museum, 6422 Main St.

This year’s theme, “Illinois Patriotic Pride,” reflects the state’s bicentennial. Highlights include an appearance by President Lincoln, starting at 10:30 a.m. when “Honest Abe” judges the pie-baking contest. Other activities include an antique car show and white elephant sale, both starting at 9 a.m. and an antique auction starting at 10:30 a.m. Items range from a rare physiology/biology kit to a clay pigeon launcher; a wine tasting at Lynfred Winery in Roselle to a 1955 Schwinn bicycle. Arrive early to view items and register.

Children’s activities also are a part of the festival. In addition to the "pioneer" discovery area from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., our popular magic show returns at 2 p.m. to the museum stage. Music will be provided by the Clef Hangers barbershop quartet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and by DJ Jose Ramos, who will be spinning "oldies” during the vintage car show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free show features trophies for the top 20 cars, as well as best of show, and a one-of-a-kind “people’s choice” trophy.

 “The James” mobile museum’s exhibit on World War I, “McHenry County Enlists: The Great War,” will be open. The war ended nearly a century ago on Nov. 11, 1918.

The White Elephant Sale – featuring antique books, vintage clothing, garden plants and other one-of-a-kind items will be open throughout the day. Food, including homemade baked goods, are available for sale – including pies entered in Society’s celebrated Heritage Fair pie-baking contest.

This year’s contest features three categories: Fruit, berry and mixed fruit/other. No cream pies, please. Interested bakers can register their pies between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. the day of the Heritage Fair in the West Harmony School, located on the museum grounds. The entry fee is $2.  Ribbons will be awarded to the winners in each category, plus a special award for the grand champion.

Pies will be sold by the slice immediately following the judging at the Heritage Fair’s bake sale with the exception of the grand prize winning pie which will be auctioned off. The grand champion will receive a trophy and his/her name engraved on a permanent trophy at the museum.

In addition to free admission to the museum, perks include a silent auction, book sale, bake sale and variety of food vendors selling lemon shakeups – as well as the addition of wood-fired pizzas from Your Sister’s Tomato and ribs from Duke’s Blue-n-BBQ. Parking in front of the museum is being reserved for classic cars. Visitors can park on side streets. For additional information, visit www.gothistory.org or call 815-923-2267.

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