Annual Cider Fest

October 6, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
McHenry County Historical Society
6422 Main St.
IL 60180
McHenry County Historical Society

Visitors to the 42nd annual Cider Fest also will be able to experience a Civil War encampment, courtesy of the 36th Wisconsin Voluntary Infantry. Watch a blacksmith and other historic artisans ply their trade, or make cider on an old fashioned press. Buy a gorgeous mum, shop the unique White Elephant Sale and silent auction, or savor some hot cider and cider doughnuts.

Cider Fest runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at the museum, 6422 Main St. in Union. Visitors are invited to participate in an apple dessert contest (registration starts at 9:30 a.m.), help with a barn raising starting at 11:30 a.m. and listen to the Octoberfest-inspired sounds of Charlie B & Friends starting at 12:30 p.m. In addition, the Gannon family 1843 log cabin and 1895 West Harmony one-room school will be open.

For additional information, visit or call 815-923-2267. For a map of the ground click HERE.


Apple Bake-off features return of commercial category

UNION – Is grandma’s cinnamon apple pie recipe melt-in-your-mouth marvelous? Do your apple bars take the cake? Now you have a chance to prove it.
As part of the 42nd annual Cider Fest on Sunday, Oct. 6, the McHenry County Historical Society is hosting its sixth annual Apple Bake-off Contest. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with judging following at 10:30 a.m. in the 1895 West Harmony School. The school is located on the museum grounds at 6422 Main St. in Union.

Categories are apple pies, apple cakes and apple squares/bars. There is a $2 fee per item, one entry per category. First- second- and third-place contestants in each of the three categories will receive ribbons, with a special prize going to the grand champion.

In addition to an amateur category, professional pie bakers are invited to enter an apple pie in second annual “Apple of My Eye” contest. The winner receives a trophy, with the runner-up and third-place entrees earning ribbons.
All baked goods entered should be in disposable containers or dishes marked with the contestant’s name and phone number for pickup after judging. Entries will be divided and repackaged for sale that day. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit historical society. For additional information, visit or call 815-923-2267.

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