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5 things to do in McHenry County: Holiday craft shows, pumpkin smashing and harvest history

1. Got a jack-o’-lantern to dispose of?

The Cary Park District’s Pumpkin Roll and Smash is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Lions Park, 1200 Silver Lake Road in Cary.

The event is open to all ages, and registration is not required. For information, go to carypark.com.

2. A holiday craft and vendor show Saturday in McHenry will benefit the Thanksgiving Day dinner for Naval Station Great Lakes sailors.

The show – which runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at McHenry Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4600, 3002 W. Route 120 – will feature 40 local crafters and direct sales representatives, selling jewelry home decor, apparel, health and wellness goods, specialty wood crafts, ornaments, greeting cards, and knit, crochet embroidery items, according to its Northwest Herald community calendar listing.

The sale is free to enter.

For information, go to the Facebook event page at bit.ly/SailorCraftFair.

3. Hampshire’s Holidays on State will feature vendors to help visitors get a start on their holiday shopping plus games, activities and a touch-a-truck section for the kids.

The event will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday along State Street and Washngton Avenue in Hampshire, according to the Hampshire Area Chamber of Commerce.

Food trunks, including Burritoville, Que Pasta and Smilin’ Dawgs, will be on hand, and DJ Boom, Musical Owl and others will provide live entertainment. Santa will be at the Guardian Angel Basset Rescue, 138 Washington Ave.

For information, including a line up of entertainment, go to the Facebook event page at bit.ly/HolidaysonState.

4. Milk and Honey Farmstead is hosting its inaugural Hempfest with live music, food, CBD-infused drinks and treats, games and prizes and a pie baking contest.

Doors open 10 a.m. Sunday at Milk and Honey Farmstead, 27451 W. Route 176 west of Wauconda. Pie contest entries also are due at 10 a.m. Demonstrations, classes and live music will take place throughout the day, with the final demonstration scheduled for 4:20 p.m.

Milk and Honey Grill and Smokehouse will be open noon to 5 p.m. for food. A pie-eating contest is set for 2:15 p.m. and the pie contest winner will be announced at 2:30 p.m. Other vendors also will be on hand.

For information, go to facebook.com/milkhoneyfarmstead.

5. It’s Harvest Time in 1858 this Sunday.

The Powers-Walker House in Glacial Park is hosting a free, all-ages event where attendees can try their hand at corn shelling, grinding corn into flour or making a corn husk or yarn doll.

Tours of the historic farmhouse will be offered, a cavalry sergeant reenactor and his horse will demonstrate the weapons of the era, and harvest activities, such as the baking of bread in the wood-burning cookstove and grinding herbs for winter, use will be shown.

The event runs noon to 4 p.m. The Powers-Walker House is located in Glacial Park, which is located off Route 31 and Harts Road, north of Ringwood.

For information, go to MCCDistrict.org.

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