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, October 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 also 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.
Children’s activities begin at 11:30 a.m. and continue throughout the afternoon.
Charlie B & Friends will play Octoberfest 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.
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