Bishop Hill Swedish festival to be held next week: Bishop Hill State Historic Site will celebrate their Swedish fall festival Jordbruksdagarna with food, music, dancing and games Sept. 28-29 in Bishop Hill, Ill.

Hands-on activities behind the Colony Hotel include sorghum pressing and cooking, corn shelling, brick making, corn husk doll making and apple cider pressing. Performances in the park both days include Hammer and Pick at noon and 2 p.m. and the Nordic Dancers at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Visitors can explore Henry County’s agricultural at the Henry County Historical Museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. A variety of antique tractors and implements will be on the grounds.

Traditional Swedish food will be available. Vendors will sell farm produce, pumpkins, pioneer popcorn and more items in the Bishop Hill Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

All Bishop Hill restaurants, shops and lodging will be open as well as the Bishop Hill Museum.

Jordbruksdagarna is sponsored by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency; the Bishop Hill Arts Council, which co-sponsors the music and dance performances; the Bishop Hill Heritage Association; Bishop Hill Volunteer Fire Department; and numerous local businesses.

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