DeKALB – Discover the extensive history of DeKalb County’s beloved Sandwich Fair during a program at the Glidden Homestead.
At 12 p.m. on Sunday, July 30, at the Glidden Homestead, 921 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, Larry Dannewitz will share history, stories and memories of one of the most historical fairs in the United States, which has been held in Sandwich since 1888.
Dannewitz has served on the board of the Sandwich Fair Association for 30 years and as president for the last 11 years. The Sandwich Fair Association will celebrate its 135th fair this September, always held the Wednesday through Sunday following Labor Day. This annual event combines the best of food, fun, and entertainment on beautiful fairgrounds. The Sandwich Fair is the oldest continuing fair in the state of Illinois.
Admission to the program is $5, and free for Homestead members. Admission includes a tour of the Glidden Homestead and blacksmithing demonstrations. Proceeds from the program support the Homestead.
The Glidden Homestead is open every Sunday from 12-4 PM for tours of the historic homestead where Joseph F. Glidden created “The Winner” barbed wire, one of the most widely-used types of barbed wire that helped change the history of the American West, and the world. The Phineas Vaughan Blacksmith Shop will provide demonstrations of the blacksmithing craft to visitors.
The J.F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center in DeKalb is a not-for-profit organization working to preserve the home and barn, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places, while providing educational opportunities to the public. For more information, call 815-756-7904, visit www.gliddenhomestead.org or visit J.F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center on Facebook.
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