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Festival this weekend to celebrate Lake County’s agricultural heritage

The Lake County Farm Heritage Association and the Lake County Fair Association have teamed up to celebrate the county’s historic agricultural heritage.

The Lake County Farm Heritage and Harvest Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 23 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Lake County Fairgrounds Expo Hall, Grayslake. Admission is $10 adults, $5 for kids ages 6 to 12 and kids 5 and younger are free.

The event will feature antique tractors, farm equipment and working farm displays, including a sawmill, threshing machine, wool spinning and other demonstrations. Also planned are barrel rides and hayrides, a 4-H petting zoo and family activities, tractor-pulling and vendors offering fall produce and home décor.

See renowned artist Greg Butauski with Rock On Ice pumpkin carving create display pieces.

Educational attractions include “Ag Adventure” presented by the Lake County Farm Bureau; Lake County Beekeepers; and live music, a beer garden, food vendors, children’s activities, the Silly String Asylum, Knocker Ball and Pumpkin Bowling.

All activities will go on rain or shine. Proceeds benefit the sponsoring nonprofit organizations. For information, visit

Schedule highlights

Sept. 23

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Rock On Ice pumpkin carving

• 11 a.m. to 3 pm.: Sheep herding demonstrations

• 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: The Westerlees playing old-time western swing

• Noon to 5 p.m.: Rock County tractor pulling

• 1 p.m.: Tractor parade

• 4 p.m.: McHenry BnB Square Dancing demo and lessons

• 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Smooth Operators playing acoustic covers and originals

Sept. 24

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Rock On Ice pumpkin carving

• Noon to 3 p.m.: Mandy Z & Rural Route 1 playing country music

• 1 p.m.: Tractor parade

• 2 p.m.: Live auction

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