42nd annual Cider Fest

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Visitors to the 42nd annual Cider Fest also will be able to experience a Civil War encampment, courtesy of the 36th Wisconsin Voluntary Infantry. Re-enactors plan to bring a non-working howitzer and a demonstration telegraph station, as well as participate in black-powder drills. Grant, portrayed by Wayne Issleb, will be joined by both Union and Confederate troops at an encampment. The idea is demonstrate the camaraderie that existed between both sides once the day’s fighting was over.

Cider Fest runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 at the museum, 6422 Main St. in Union. In addition to free access to the museum, visitors are invited to watch a blacksmith and broom maker ply their trade, or make cider on an old fashioned press. Buy a gorgeous mum, shop the unique White Elephant Sale or savor some hot cider and cider doughnuts.

Participate in an apple dessert contest (registration starts at 9:30 a.m.), help with a barn raising starting at 11:30 a.m. and listen to the Octoberfest-inspired sounds of Charlie B & Friends starting at 12:30 p.m. Silent auction aficionados can bid on unique books that include a two-volume county history set published in 1922, a 1910 Woodstock High School yearbook and collection of illustrated nursery tales published at the turn of the century.

In addition, the Gannon family 1843 log cabin and 1895 West Harmony one-room school will be open.

For additional information, visit www.gothistory.org or call 815-923-2267. For a map of the ground click HERE.

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Apple Bake-off features return of commercial category
   
UNION – Is grandma’s cinnamon apple pie recipe melt-in-your-mouth marvelous? Do your apple bars take the cake? Now you have a chance to prove it.
As part of the 42nd annual Cider Fest on Sunday, Oct. 6, the McHenry County Historical Society is hosting its sixth annual Apple Bake-off Contest. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with judging following at 10:30 a.m. in the 1895 West Harmony School. The school is located on the museum grounds at 6422 Main St. in Union.
 
Categories are apple pies, apple cakes and apple squares/bars. There is a $2 fee per item, one entry per category. First- second- and third-place contestants in each of the three categories will receive ribbons, with a special prize going to the grand champion.

In addition to an amateur category, professional pie bakers are invited to enter an apple pie in second annual “Apple of My Eye” contest. The winner receives a trophy, with the runner-up and third-place entrees earning ribbons.
All baked goods entered should be in disposable containers or dishes marked with the contestant’s name and phone number for pickup after judging. Entries will be divided and repackaged for sale that day. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit historical society. For additional information, visit www.gothistory.org or call 815-923-2267.

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White Elephant donations sought
UNION – The McHenry County Historical Society is seeking donations for its popular “white elephant” sale during this year’s Cider Fest – just in time for your fall cleaning ritual.

The Oct. 6 sale has become a much-anticipated and pivotal part of the McHenry County Historical Society’s fundraising effort. Items range from vintage clothing perfect for Halloween costumes; board games, mannequins, furniture, new and vintage books, glassware, seasonal merchandise, sporting equipment and tables of odds and ends you’ll not find anywhere else.

This year’s sale runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Schuette Building, next door to the museum. No early birds. Checks and cash only.

Donations may be dropped off through Oct. 1 at the historical society museum, 6422 Main St., during regular business hours – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please, no broken or soiled items, or items that have been recalled or contain hazardous materials.

Large appliances, antiquated computers and electronic items, VHS tapes, medical supplies and such child items as cribs, car seats and used stuffed animals will not be accepted. The Society also reserves the right to reject items because of duplication, condition or disposal costs.

Your donations are tax deductible and will contribute to funding MCHS programs and operations. For information, call 815-923-2267.