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Presidential straw poll part of Woodstock fall festival

WOODSTOCK – President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are neck and neck in Virginia, Ohio, Florida and a few other states ahead of the Nov. 6 election, but how do the presidential candidates stack up here?

Area residents can visit the 1885 original Seneca Township Hall during the 25th annual Autumn Drive to cast their “ballot” for the United States’ chief executive.

The McHenry County Historical Society will host the straw poll as part of the fall festival. Participants can vote anonymously in an old-fashioned voting booth. Results will be posted periodically.

After voting, attendees can buy a quilt raffle ticket or vintage gift and sample some Wisconsin kettle corn.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Oct. 21.

For information, visit www.autumndrive.net.

The old township hall, now called Perkins Hall, also will welcome Christine Martin from Olive Leaf Soap in Marengo, Woodstock watercolorist Fran Stake, Gary Anderson from Prairie Antiques of Marengo and Harvard crafter Dawn Bihlmaier.

Perkins Hall is at the southwest corner of Franklinville and Garden Valley roads in rural Woodstock.

For information, call 815-923-2267 or visit www.mchsonline.org.

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