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Organizers prep for Autumn Drive

WOODSTOCK – Robert Blue will be the first to tell you how tough it is to put a finger on the fall festival for which he’s been loosely termed coordinator.

Autumn Drive is, well, what exactly?

“We’re not really an art fair, and we’re not a craft fair,” Blue said. “We’re not an antique show. We’re not a farmer’s market. We’re not a garage sale.

“We’re all of it.”

The not-your-average fall festival in rural Woodstock is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18 through Oct. 20. Now, about a quarter-century since its beginnings, the annual celebration brings all kinds of vendors together along a stretch of 16 McHenry County farms off Garden Valley Road.

For the purpose of directions, organizers suggest using the address 16105 Garden Valley Road, Woodstock.

Cody’s Farm and All Season’s Apple Orchard are among the participants, and will offer fresh produce such as apples and pumpkins – items in short supply last year after a poor growing season.

Hayrides, music, musicians, mazes, and petting zoos also will be part of the fun.

In addition to vendors, the festival allows nonprofits to set up exhibits for free. This year, the McHenry County Historical Society, Helping Paws Animal Shelter and Boy Scout Troop 159 will be on hand, among others.

“You really have to spend almost a whole day, because there are 16 stops,” Blue said.

For information or to view a full list of vendors and participants, visit

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