Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Stew for all at Jordbruksdagarna

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.
The Bishop Hill Old Settlers are hauling the old cauldron to the park and setting up tables for the traditional meal they prepare each year for festival guests. Follow your nose to the big black bubbling kettle for a hearty meal of beef and barley stew, hardtack, and rice pudding. Come and eat like a colonist!
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.
Henry County’s agricultural heritage will be celebrated at the Henry County Historical Museum; a variety of antique tractors and implements will be on display. Find plowing demonstrations and corn shelling from 10am-noon and from 1-3pm on Saturday and Sunday. An antique tractor parade starting at 12:30pm is scheduled for both days.
There will be food for all tastes! In addition to the Old Settlers’ Stew, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association’s Svenska Varm Korv (Swedish hot dog dinner) will be served next to Colony Store from 11am-2pm both days. The Henry County Historical Society is having a bake sale both days at the Henry County Historical Museum. The Bishop Hill Arts Council is will also offer home-baked goods for sale at the Welcome Center on Saturday and Sunday.

For more details, call 309 927-3899 or email the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.