The McHenry County Historical Society & Museum will host its 33rd Annual Heritage Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 8, at the museum, 6422 Main St.
This year’s theme, “Illinois Patriotic Pride,” reflects the state’s bicentennial. Highlights include an appearance by President Lincoln, starting at 10:30 a.m. when “Honest Abe” judges the pie-baking contest.
Other activities include an antique car show and white elephant sale, both starting at 9 a.m. and an antique auction starting at 10:30 a.m. Items range from a rare physiology/biology kit to a clay pigeon launcher; a wine tasting at Lynfred Winery in Roselle to a 1955 Schwinn bicycle. Arrive early to view items and register.
Children’s activities also are a part of the festival. In addition to the pioneer discovery area from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the popular magic show returns at 2 p.m. to the museum stage. Music will be provided by the Clef Hangers barbershop quartet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and by DJ Jose Ramos, who will be spinning oldies during the vintage car show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free show features trophies for the top 20 cars, as well as best of show, and a one-of-a-kind “people’s choice” trophy.
“The James” mobile museum’s exhibit on World War I, “McHenry County Enlists: The Great War,” will be open. The war ended nearly a century ago on Nov. 11, 1918.
The White Elephant Sale — featuring antique books, vintage clothing, garden plants and other one-of-a-kind items will be open throughout the day. Food, including homemade baked goods, are available for sale – including pies entered in Society’s celebrated Heritage Fair pie-baking contest.
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.
Ribbons will be 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 with the exception of the grand-prize-winning pie which will be auctioned off. The grand champion will receive a trophy and his/her name engraved on a permanent trophy at the museum.
In addition to free admission to the museum, perks include a silent auction, book sale, bake sale and variety of food vendors selling lemon shakeups — as well as the addition of wood-fired pizzas from Your Sister’s Tomato and ribs from Duke’s Blue-n-BBQ. Parking in front of the museum is being reserved for classic cars. Visitors can park on side streets. For additional information, visit www.gothistory.org or call 815-923-2267.
—33rd Annual Heritage Fair to be held July–