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UPCOMING MCHS EVENT: Cider Fest 2023

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UPCOMING MCHS EVENT: Cider Fest 2023

Step back in time with skilled artisans at the 46th annual Cider Fest. Civil War re-enactor Chris Dosch, a Zouave with the 114th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, is among the talented artisans to be featured. Enjoy hot cider, cider donuts, caramel apples, baked treats from Morke's Chocolates of Huntley, popcorn snacks from Lincoln Land kettle Corn, and lunch from our food vendors, Coop's Fresh Chicken and Brats, hot dogs and burgers from Boy Scout Troop 153. Bring the kids or grandkids to participate in children's craft activities, get fascinated by our traveling magician, take home a cake from our multiple cakewalks, help raise the roof during our simulated barn raising at noon, or chill in the shade while enjoying festive music. And you won't want to miss our sale of vintage items, clothing, and books. 

Take a tour of the 1843 Gannon family and 1895 West Harmony one-room school and snap a photo at our fall-themed selfie station featuring mums, haybales, and a turn-of-the-century cider press. Take home a mum or two, vibrant asters, or decorative kale from our mum fundraiser. Show off your best apple recipe at our annual Apple Bake-off Contest for a chance to earn first-place bragging rights in each category or even the overall grand champion title! Apple Bake-off categories include:

  • Apple Pie
  • Apple Cake/Cupcakes
  • Apple Bread/Muffins
  • Apple Bars/Cookie

Registration begins at 10:00 a.m., with judging at 10:30 a.m.

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 at the bake sale that day. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit historical society.  Interested in being a judge for our Bake-off? Contact Janet @ janet@mchenrycountyhistory.org

The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, 2023.

Sunday, October 1, 2023 - 10:00am to 2:00pm