Schaumburg Autumn Harvest Festival takes visitors back in time

  • Vivien Ziemlo, 6, and her mom Aleksandra laugh act the whimsical tunes sung by Foster Brown as he plays banjo for kids Sunday during the Schaumburg Autumn Harvest Festival at the Spring Valley Nature Center. Brown is from Cleveland.

      Vivien Ziemlo, 6, and her mom Aleksandra laugh act the whimsical tunes sung by Foster Brown as he plays banjo for kids Sunday during the Schaumburg Autumn Harvest Festival at the Spring Valley Nature Center. Brown is from Cleveland. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Nathan Wisniowski, 6, of Hoffman Estates focuses on staying upright will hopping in a potato sack Sunday during the "Frontier Olympics" at the Schaumburg Autumn Harvest Festival.

      Nathan Wisniowski, 6, of Hoffman Estates focuses on staying upright will hopping in a potato sack Sunday during the "Frontier Olympics" at the Schaumburg Autumn Harvest Festival. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Redhawk, who said he was representing the native people of the Great Lakes area, shows off some historical memorabilia Sunday during the Schaumburg Autumn Harvest Festival at the Spring Valley Nature Center.

      Redhawk, who said he was representing the native people of the Great Lakes area, shows off some historical memorabilia Sunday during the Schaumburg Autumn Harvest Festival at the Spring Valley Nature Center. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Blacksmith Robert Rossdeutscher of Arlington Heights works on a knife while demonstrating his skills Sunday during the Schaumburg Autumn Harvest Festival at the Spring Valley Nature Center.

      Blacksmith Robert Rossdeutscher of Arlington Heights works on a knife while demonstrating his skills Sunday during the Schaumburg Autumn Harvest Festival at the Spring Valley Nature Center. Rick West | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 10/6/2019 6:09 PM

Visitors to Schaumburg's Spring Valley Nature Center took a trip back in time Sunday as the annual Autumn Harvest Festival gave them a view of life on a farm more than a century ago.

Held at Spring Valley's Merkle Cabin and Heritage Farm, the two-day fest featured live music and hands-on demonstrations of cider pressing, blacksmithing and fall planting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

For young visitors, there were activities including crafts and a chance to try 19th century games.

And when activities brought hunger, kids and adults alike could nosh on grilled food, taffy apples and other fall treats.

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