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  • The Clefhanges, a barbershop quartet, will be one of the highlights of McHenry County Historical Society's annual Heritage Fair Sunday, July 10.

      The Clefhanges, a barbershop quartet, will be one of the highlights of McHenry County Historical Society's annual Heritage Fair Sunday, July 10.
    Courtesy of Fox Valley Men of Harmony


Submitted by McHenry County Historical Society

The McHenry County Historical Society will present its annual Heritage Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at the museum, 6422 Main St. in Union. Admission is free.

The barbershop quartet The Clef Hangers will harmonize between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. At noon and 3 p.m., Sandy Schweitzer of Crystal Lake, a certified quilt appraiser, artist and teacher, will demonstrate a quilt bed turning featuring log cabin quilts.

In the morning, there will be a pie-baking contest and cake walks. To enter the pie contest, call (815) 923-2267.

The Heritage Fair theme this year is "Glorious Quilts." It is part of the Northern Illinois Quilt Fest exhibit.

Among the many activities scheduled at this free family event is the outdoor live antiques auction beginning at 1 p.m. Wonder Lake auctioneer Russ Davis, a favorite since 2009, will use his talents to auction off pre-1950s antiques and collectibles, including furniture and quilts to clocks, local atlases and toys.

These items have been donated for the auction, which is used to raise funds for the nonprofit historical society.

Throughout the day, there will be blacksmithing demos, sales of baked goods, antique clothing, garden plant books, and the white elephant sale.

From 2 to 4 p.m., activities continue with magic acts performed inside the air-conditioned museum onstage with professional magicians Freddy Fredericks, Lake in the Hills; Kevin Sarnwick, Crystal Lake; Jack Skalon, Lakewood; Donald Clancy, Hoffman Estates; and Marshall Philyaw, Round Lake Beach.

These performers are members of magic clubs like Knights of Sleights Magic Fraternity, New Mazda, Mystic Ring and the Society of American Magicians.

Not to miss anything, be sure to get a look at the two-year exhibit featuring Harvard in the 1800s. Also, the residents of Union will hold garage sales throughout the village.

For details about this event, call (815) 923-2267 or visit


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