McHenry to host Day at Petersen Farm on June 23

McHENRY – Area residents are invited to the annual Day at Petersen Farm on June 23 at 4112 McCullom Lake Road, one mile west of Route 31.

This year’s theme honors McHenry County’s historic dairy industry.

The Petersen Farm was formed in 1830 and donated to the city by the Colby and Petersen families to be preserved and developed as a part of the area’s agricultural heritage.

The day will feature hayrides, children’s games, crafts demonstrations, farm equipment displays and a farm garden. 4-H members will be there with farm animals.

Performers include the Georgia Rae Family Band, the Cleffhangers and the Windy City Magician.

Children can wash clothes using an old wringer washer. The farmhouse main floor will be open for tours, and visitors will see the period furniture and kitchen equipment. 

Miss McHenry and her court will greet visitors, and the McHenry County Museum will have its James bus open for viewing.

A highlight this year is a cow-naming contest for the city’s full-sized Holstein dairy cow model. People attending on Farm Day may vote on their favorite of four name finalists.  

The farm will open at 10 a.m. Entertainment begins at noon, and activities conclude at 4 p.m.

There is no charge for parking or admission. Vendors will be available with refreshments.   

The Petersen Farm, along with its outbuildings and oak savanna, is being developed as an agricultural museum and resource center.

For information, call Pat Wirtz, chairman of the McHenry Landmark Commission, at 815-385-0191.

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