“Unwind like it’s 1899” was the theme of the 32nd Annual Heritage Fair hosted by the McHenry County Historical Museum on Sunday, July 9. The fair’s theme is a reflection of the museum’s newest exhibit “Waterways and Getaways: Resort Life in McHenry County” which recently opened.

The car show, which always accompanies the Heritage Fair, was organized and run by TJ’s Klassics. Tony Luscalzo, owner of TJ’s Klassics, said, “There are 115 cars registered and 25 cars that didn’t register for the show. This is a premiere show. It’s like the old days where everyone parks everywhere. It’s not a parking lot show. It’s a great family show with food and activities, door prizes and everything. It’s a great downtown show.” The show offered prizes for the top 20 cars, a Best of Show trophy and a People’s Choice trophy.

The James mobile museum was on hand for visitors to explore and the Clef Hangers Barbershop Quartet wandered here and there serenading everyone within hearing distance. DJ Jose Ramos, spun oldies for the outdoor crowds and made the announcements for upcoming attractions and events at the fair, announced the door prize winners, and more.

The White Elephant Sale spilled out of its Main Street warehouse onto the sidewalks to meet up with the Plant Sales around the corner on Washington Street. Food vendors, including the Boy Scouts, sold brats, burgers, hot dogs, ice cream cones, lemonade, soda, and water for the hungry and thirsty. A wide variety of antiques was auctioned by Russ Davis who also auctioned the first place winning pie from the Pie Baking Contest.

Activities for children included a turn-of-the-century crafts area which offered creative activities such as making wooden necklaces, cornhusk dolls, and button spinners, as well as introducing kids to activities such as washing clothes by hand and shucking corn.

Puppeteer David Herzog brought an entire pirate crew of hand-crafted marionettes to the stage in a show designed to entertain young and old alike. “Dave Herzog’s Marionettes is a full time professional puppet company dedicated to preserving this uniquely American art form of the marionette variety show,” said Kurt Begalka.

Next on stage was Freddie Fredericks’ Magic Show with its comedic magical acts. Doc Morrissey and Freddie Fredericks spent time making children happy by creating balloon hats, animals, swords, and fun before the show began. Then things started to appear and disappear, change their appearance, and cause smiles to appear on every face.

Once again, the annual Heritage Fair took over the Village of Union and provided a little something to please everyone who came to visit. Further information can be found on the McHenry County Historical Museum’s website, www.gohistory. org, or on their Facebook page at McHenry County Historical Society.

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