44th Annual Cider Fest

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UNION – Visitors to the 44th annual Cider Fest will get an opportunity to step back in time with skilled artisans, a turn-of-the-century cider press, children’s activities, Octoberfest music and vintage items for sale.

Blacksmith Sam Johnson, flintknapper Richard Hamilton and broom maker Bob McCann will anchor this year’s festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at the McHenry County Historical Museum in Union. The museum will open to the public, although face coverings are required indoors.

Visitors are welcome to tour the 1843 Gannon family and 1895 West Harmony one-room school. There is a pie-baking contest in the morning, judged – in part – by “Honest Abe” Lincoln re-enactor Gary Cooney of Huntley. Professional bakeries also will compete for the coveted "Apple of My Eye" award for the best apple pie.

Children’s activities begin at 11:30 a.m. and continue throughout the afternoon behind the schoolhouse. Charlie B & Friends plays seasonal music starting at 12:30 p.m.

There also will be a mum sale, a white elephant sale, silent auction, food booths, hot cider and doughnuts, a selfie station and more.

For additional information, visit www.gothistory.org or call 815-923-2267.

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