UNION – There even is more to see at this year’s Cider Fest hosted by the McHenry County Historical Society on Sunday, Oct. 6.
The 36th Annual Cider Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, 6422 Main St. in Union.
In addition to free access to the museum, guests are invited to participate, or simply watch, the inaugural Cider Fest Horseshoe Tournament starting at 10:30 a.m.
The blind-draw, single-elimination tournament is open to 16, two-person teams. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the entry fee is $5 a person.
Visitors also may listen to the sounds of Charlie B and Friends between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and watch a barn raising beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Throughout the day, there will be harvest demonstrations, including broom making and old fashioned cider making. Apple baked goods and kettle korn will be among the food items on sale.
Rare books, antique clothing and hard-to-find items also will on sale during the Society’s biannual white elephant sale. Silent auction aficionados can bid on unique books being sold from the collection. They include an 1872 plat book and an 1885 county history book.
In addition to the museum, the Gannon family 1843 log cabin, the 1895 West Harmony one-room school and the newly updated mobile museum, The James, will be open free all day.