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Autumn Drive showcases McHenry County farms, vendors

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  • Plenty of vendors have their wares for sale at the Autumn Drive, which takes place along and around Garden Valley Road in Woodstock the third weekend of October every year. This year marks the event's 25th anniversary.

       Plenty of vendors have their wares for sale at the Autumn Drive, which takes place along and around Garden Valley Road in Woodstock the third weekend of October every year. This year marks the event's 25th anniversary.
    Susan Klovstad | Staff Photographer, October

  • Autumn Drive visitors can check out the petting zoo at All Seasons Orchard in Woodstock.

       Autumn Drive visitors can check out the petting zoo at All Seasons Orchard in Woodstock.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Pumpkins will be available at several stops along the Autumn Drive.

       Pumpkins will be available at several stops along the Autumn Drive.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Quilts are on display at Perkins Hall during the 24th annual McHenry County Autumn Drive.

       Quilts are on display at Perkins Hall during the 24th annual McHenry County Autumn Drive.
    Susan Klovstad | Staff Photographer, October

  • Visitors to the McHenry County Autumn Drive can pick up some kettle corn before heading into Perkins Hall to view historical exhibits.

       Visitors to the McHenry County Autumn Drive can pick up some kettle corn before heading into Perkins Hall to view historical exhibits.
    Susan Klovstad | Staff Photographer, October

 
 

A drive in the country to see the fall colors can be fun, but what if that drive included stops at farms and galleries for antiquing, crafts, lunch and local produce?

The McHenry County Autumn Drive, now in its 25th year, features more than a dozen stops, each with its unique offerings. The drive is just north of Route 176, primarily on Garden Valley Road, and extends from Deerpass Road in Marengo on the west to Sunnyside Road in Woodstock (GPS address for the drive is 16105 Garden Valley Road, Woodstock).

A complete map with all the stops numbered on the route is available at any of the locations, or on the website for the event, www.autumndrive.net.

The hours for Autumn Drive are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-21.

Here is what visitors can expect to find along the way.

1. Cody's Farm Fresh Vegetables

Home grown vegetables/pumpkins, Fall decorations, food, barrel rides, corn box, corn maze, pumpkin launcher, children's tractor track, antique tractors, music and many crafters. Info: www.codysfarm.com

2. Antiques by the Partlos

Antiques, original art, picture frames, records, old bicycles, collectibles, jewelry, ladies pocket watches, kitchenware, a set of wood shaft golf clubs, unique items, lots of small items, buttons, sewing machines and more.

3. Trash and Treasures of Millstream Woods

Visit five locations offering garage sale items, crafts and family treasures in a subdivision at the end of Millstream Road and along the way. Locations: 3511 Millstream Road, 18501 Deerpath Trail, 2913 Woodcliff, 18321 Woodland Trail, 18322 Woodland Trail

4. RB's Concessions

Food with inside dining available. Crafts, sweatshirts and novelties.

5. The Rivers Edge Farm

Homegrown canned vegetables, crafts, photos, autumn items, home decor.

6. Lisk Family and Friends

Pumpkins, squash, Indian corn, and straw. Ol' Leo's Honey, locally produced by Philip Lauf, is available at this stop.

6a. Lunch barn

Food for sale, with proceeds donated to Faith in Action of McHenry County and the Marengo and Woodstock food pantries. Info: www.fiamchenrycounty.org

7. Karen Schneider, Ceramic Bug Supplies

Crafters and vendors, including sweets, caramel apples, candles, jewelry, dip and soup mixes, antiques, beads, toys, books, knitted items, baskets, Christmas decorations and more.

8. Grasser Antiques

A 5,000 square-foot barn full of antique furniture, jewelry, linens, trunks, used books and white elephant items.

9. A Bit of Everything

A 4,000 square-foot shop with candles, soaps, handmade jewelry, Tastefully Simple items, photography, floral items, a food cart and more.

10. Blue Eagle Pottery

Handmade functional and home decorative pottery (porcelain and stoneware), glass jewelry, holiday decorations. Exhibitors and crafters outside including metal, wood, jewelry, honey, dog accessories, health products and clothing. Other exhibitors include Helping Paws Animal Shelter, Woodstock High School Dance Team, and McHenry County Living Magazine. Info: www.blueeaglepottery.com.

11. The McHenry County Historical Society

Visit the 1885 original Seneca Township Hall to cast a "ballot" for the United States' chief executive. The McHenry County Historical Society is hosting the straw poll. Vote anonymously in an old fashioned voting booth. Results will be posted periodically. After you vote, buy a quilt raffle ticket or vintage gift and sample some Wisconsin kettle corn. The old township hall, now called Perkins Hall, also is welcoming Christine Martin from Olive Leaf Soap in Marengo, Woodstock watercolorist Fran Stake, Gary Anderson from Prairie Antiques of Marengo and Harvard crafter Dawn Bihlmaier. Info: www.mchsonline.org.

12. Grace Farms

Organically grown asparagus, raspberries, and Icelandic wool; quilts and quilting supplies, weaving and weaving supplies, baskets, furniture, and woodwork. Info: gracefarmstudios.com

13. Garage Sale Heaven on Hobe Road

Several families on Hobe road will hold garage sales.

14. All Seasons Apple Orchard

Twelve varieties of apples, including honeycrisp; pick your own pumpkin patch and a 10-acre corn maze with an overlook bridge. Spend time in the petting zoo, country farm market, and indoor grill restaurant. There is an apple cannon, several barnyard activities and wagon rides available. Info: www.allseasonsorchard.com

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