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McHenry County Heritage Fair to feature pie contest

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  • The McHenry County Historical Society will hold a pie-baking contest as part of its 28th annual Heritage Fair on July 14.

    The McHenry County Historical Society will hold a pie-baking contest as part of its 28th annual Heritage Fair on July 14.
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Submitted by McHenry County Historical Society

Do your pies take the cake?

Bakers are needed for the McHenry County Historical Society's 28th annual Heritage Fair, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14, on the museum grounds at 6422 Main St. in Union.

This year's contest features three categories: fruit, berry and open class. No cream pies. Interested bakers can register their pies between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. the day of the Heritage Fair in the West Harmony School, on the museum grounds. The entry fee is $2. Judging will take place at 10:30 a.m. with ribbons awarded to the winners in each category. A grand prize winner will earn a trophy and receive a historical society gift certificate.

All pies will be sold by the slice immediately following the judging at the Heritage Fair's bake sale with the exception of the grand prize winning pie which will be auctioned off during the antique auction at 1 p.m.

All proceeds from the pie-baking contest will benefit the McHenry County Historical Society. For information, call (815) 923-2267 or email

Auction donations also are being sought for Heritage Fair. Do you have a pre-1970 item in good condition that you would be willing to donate to a good cause? If so, you have the perfect item for the antique auction at the Heritage Fair. Previously donated items include antique furniture and furnishings, quilts, vintage toys, kitchen collectibles, and stained glass lamps. Items donated for the auction can be eligible for a tax deduction. Funds raised by this annual event are used to operate an award-winning countywide historical museum, provide student and adult educational programs, and encourage countywide efforts at historical preservation.

To donate antiques and collectibles by Monday, July 8, call the Historical Society at (815) 923-2267 or email

As part of this year's theme, "Hip for History," visitors are encouraged to wear 1960s fashion. The historical society, founded in November 1963 by Dorothy McEachren, is celebrating its golden anniversary this year. More than 600 people became charter members.

That year also marks Woodstock's All-American City effort. The two-year, major exhibit, titled "Return to Woodstock -- All-American City," focuses on Woodstock's nomination and presentation in front of the All-America City jury in Detroit. Highlights include a replica of a merchant window on the Woodstock Square decorated for the All-America City, a 1961 aerial photo of the Woodstock Square and the first donation to the historical society -- an 1885 drum major uniform from the Woodstock Spring City Band.

A car show sponsored by First Merit Bank of Union will feature sports, classic and antique cars. It runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free show features trophies for the top 20 cars, as well as best of show and the "People's Choice." A DJ will be spinning "oldies." For information, call Tony at TJ's Klassics, (847) 515-8110.

The featured entertainment at this year's Heritage Fair is The Clef Hangers Barbershop Quartet and Freddy Fredricks Magic Show with performances throughout the day. Special magic shows are slated for 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the auditorium stage. There also will be a cakewalk in the morning and 1960s games -- hula hoop and Frisbee contests -- ongoing between 1 and 3 p.m.

At noon and 3 p.m., certified quilt appraiser, artist, and teacher Sandy Schweitzer of Crystal Lake will demonstrate a quilt bed turning featuring Civil War quilts. Baked goods, book, antique clothing, garden plants and white elephant sales are ongoing throughout the day. At 1 p.m., an antiques auction takes place out on the museum lawn with auctioneer Russ Davis.

"The James" mobile museum will be open and food from local vendors -- including kettle corn, hamburgers, hot dogs and lemon shake-ups -- will be on sale. Admission is free. Residents of the village of Union will host garage sales throughout town.

For information about the Historical Society's "Hip for History" Heritage Fair, call (815) 923-2267 or visit