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Cider Festival fun to flow at historical society museum

UNION – The 36th Annual Cider Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the McHenry County Historical Society museum, 6422 Main St. in Union.

In addition to free access to the museum, guests are invited to participate, or simply view, in the inaugural Cider Fest Horsehoe Tournament starting at 10:30 a.m. The blind-draw, single-elimination tournament is open to 16, two-person teams. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the entry fee is $5 a person.

Visitors also may listen to the sounds of Charlie B and Friends between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and watch a barn raising beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Throughout the day, there will be harvest demonstrations, including broom making and old-fashioned cider making. Apple baked goods and kettle korn will be among the food items on sale.

Rare books, antique clothing and hard-to-find items also will on sale during the society’s biannual white elephant sale.

Silent auction aficionados can bid on unique books being sold from the collection. They include an 1872 plat book and an 1885 county history book.

In addition to the museum, the Gannon family 1843 log cabin, the 1895 West Harmony one-room school and the newly updated mobile museum, The James, will be open free all day.

The latest exhibit on The James, “You Auto Be in McHenry County,” recounts the transportation revolution and auto camp tourism that flourished between 1905 and 1930. Featured objects include early auto parts, county and state maps, 1920s clothing and camping gear and postcard photos of auto clubs and hill-climb races.

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

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