Step back in time and watch history come to life at Schaumburg Park District’s 34th annual Autumn Harvest Festival.
Sponsored by Davey Tree, the festival is set for noon-5 p.m., Sunday, October 1, at Spring Valley’s Merkle Cabin and Volkening Heritage Farm.
The festival features demonstrations of cider pressing, blacksmithing, beer-making, leather harness making and working draft horses. Other activities include children’s crafts, tales of life on the frontier, junior frontier Olympics and pumpkin decorating.
Grilled food, taffy apples, roasted ears of corn and cold refreshments will be available for purchase.
“The Autumn Harvest Festival is a popular event for families which celebrates local history with traditional food, crafts, music and real-life demonstrations,” said Dave Brooks, manager of conservation services at Spring Valley. “The festival is a great way for families to get a taste of frontier life, put down their electronic devices and test their pioneer skills.”
Cost is $5 per person and $20 per family. Children ages 3 and younger are free. Parking is available at Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road and on the west side of Plum Grove Road across from Heritage Farm.
For more information, call (847) 985-2100 or visit parkfun.com.