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Bakers Needed for July 10 Heritage Fair

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UNION – Do your pies take the cake?

Bakers are needed for the McHenry County Historical Society’s 35th Annual Heritage Fair, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 10, on the museum grounds at 6422 Main St. in Union.

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.  Judging will take place at 10:30 a.m. with ribbons 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.
Donated bake goods also are needed for Heritage Fair Bake Sale. Cookies, cakes, quick breads, brownies, bars, tarts and pies are part of this popular feature of the festival. Please label your baked goods, indicate nuts or other special instructions, and – if possible – prepackage them to minimize handling. A good rule of thumb - depending on size – is a half dozen cookies and two-four brownies/bars on a plate. On fair day bring your items to the bake sale tent next to the log cabin or to the office on the Friday before Heritage Fair.

All proceeds from the pie-baking contest and bake sale benefit the McHenry County Historical Society. For information, call 815-923-2267 or email

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