UNION – Visitors to the 45th 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, 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. 2, at the McHenry County Historical Museum in Union. Civil War re-enactors, including Chris Dosch – a Zouave with the 114th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment – also will perform demonstrations throughout the day. Children's hands-on craft activities are planned from 10 a.m. to noon. Alternating sack races and cake walks follow between 12:15 and 1:50 p.m. on the museum's south side.
Visitors also are welcome to tour the 1843 Gannon family and 1895 West Harmony one-room school. There is an Apple Bakeoff contest in the morning, followed by a barn raising and children's activities. The Kishwaukee Ramblers begin playing at 1 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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