Historic Bishop Hill, Illinois, is hosting its 46th fall festival on Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 23-24, with food, music, dancing, games and crafts.
In the park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, artisans will be making rope, processing flax and forging metal and vendors will be selling farm produce, pumpkins, pioneer popcorn, antiques and primitives.
At the Bjorklund Hotel from noon to 4 p.m. each day, there will be demonstrations on how to press and cook sorghum and bake hard tack. Visitors can try their hand at shelling corn, making bricks, pressing cider, and making a cornhusk doll.
Performances in the park include Hammer and Pick at noon and 2 p.m., and the Nordic Dancers at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The Burns Boosters 4-H club will host a petting zoo both Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Old-fashioned children’s games will also be conducted in the park at 2 p.m. each day.
On Saturday only, people movers will be available to transport people around town to experience many of the activities, museums, and stores.
Also on Saturday, the Steeple Building Museum will host Johan Johansson performing an indoor concert at 11 a.m. and East Moline author Lilly Setterdahl will sign several of her books from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Several Bishop Hill businesses are also having special events.
Food both days will include colony stew and rice pudding served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the park by the Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association and Swedish hot dogs and pork burgers served by the Colony Store.
The formal name of the festival is Jordbruksdagarna, pronounced yord-brooks-DAH-ga-na.
Bishop Hill, located in Henry County, was founded in the 1800s as a Swedish utopian community.