The far Northwest Illinois suburb of Crystal Lake has a lot going this September. The city celebrates its 100th year in 2013.
One festival that has been happening in Crystal Lake for the last 21 years is the Johnny Appleseed Festival. It celebrates the life of John Chapman who was the real life Johnny Appleseed. He was a man who planted apple trees in several states including Illinois. You can meet with Crystal Lake’s Johnny Appleseed at the festival. It is held all along the downtown area in Crystal Lake, which is off of Walkup Road in Crystal Lake on September 28, 2013. Johnny will be walking around the festival throughout the day, but if you want to be sure to see him, talk to him, and perhaps get a photo with him, you can do so by being in front of the Raue Center for the Arts at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. You can also get a guided tour of the theater while you are there. The tours will be given all day long.
If you want to win a bit of money, you might try your luck at the Great Ball Race at 3 p.m. on Brink Street. Be sure to buy your Great Ball tickets before the race starts at the race table on Brink and Williams Streets. The tickets correspond with numbered brightly colored ping pong balls that are released down Brink St. The fastest balls will win prizes for those who purchased them. The Grand Prize is $1,000.
An Apple Pie contest will be held at 11 a.m. at the Raue Center.
A DJ will be playing music throughout the day near Williams and Brink St. You can also grab a wagon ride in this area. You can also watch a Pippin the clown create balloon animals at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Williams Street.
There will be a farmers market on Grant street from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids can also view a firetruck, a police car, and go in to the Fire Department Safety House in the same area throughout the day.
There will be a craft fair all day with 45 vendors on Brink and Main.
On the Gazebo stage in Depot park the Encore Music Academy will be performing at 10:30 a.m.
The White Saddle Band will be playing country music there from noon until 3 p.m. There will be a number of different performances at the Brink Street Market front. The Beaumonts will be performing off and on throughout the day, and there will be performances from AKF Martial Arts, Judith Svalander Dance, Summer’s Academy of Dance, and Lees Martial Arts. Performances start at 9:30 and conclude around 2 p.m. when the Apple Pie Eating Contest takes place.
The Brink Street Market will have booths from the Crystal Lake Historical Society, Ginger & Clover, McHenry County Conservation District, Crystal Lake Clean Air Counts Committee, Crystal Lake Food Pantry & Community Harvest, and the Salvation Army. There will also be a souvenir booth that will have water and juice.
There are plenty of activities for kids all day long in the Brink Street Market parking lot. There are apple rides, a petting zoo, a giant slide, a pumpkin train, pony rides, pumpkin bowling, story telling, a pumpkin moonwalk, Boomers Ballpark, Lilli Apple Tree, temporary tattoos, children’s games, a photo booth, jump rope making, face painting, and spin on on t-shirts and frisbees.
There will also be plenty of food booths from area restaurants and, of course, all of the local down town restaurants will be opened for business.
There are plenty of fun things to do for the whole family at Johnny Appleseed festival in Downtown Crystal Lake.