Bishop Hill has held its harvest festival since 1972 on the last weekend in September. Jordbruksdagarna, a Swedish word meaning “earth work days” will be held this Saturday and Sunday. The park and other locations about town are now being readied for this weekend's festivities which will include a variety of nineteenth century craft demonstrations throughout the village. Artisans will make rope, craft barrels, process flax, create wood carvings, and more. Vendors will sell farm produce, pumpkins, pioneer popcorn, and other tasty treats from 10am-5pm both days.
Hands-on activities behind the Colony Hotel and will include sorghum pressing and cooking, corn shelling, brick making, apple cider pressing and corn husk doll making.
Afternoon performances in the Park both days by Hammer and Pick at noon and 2pm, and the Nordic Dancers at 1pm and 3pm will make you tap your feet. The Burns Boosters 4-H club will host a petting zoo both days from 10am-4pm. Young and old are invited to join in the fun of old-fashioned children’s games beginning at 2pm.
For more details, call 309 927-3899 or email the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.