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ALWAYS LABOR DAY WEEK - Wednesday through Sunday. Gates open 8 a.m.

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We're busy preparing for the 2016 Sandwich Fair. In the meantime, check out our photo gallery
to see some past fair experiences.

All Home Arts entertainment included with admission

WEDNESDAY, September 9

  • 2 p.m. - Culinary Competition: Bountiful Yeast Goodies with Sherri Farley playing the hammered dulcimer
  • 4 p.m. - Culinary Competition: Salsa Fiesta, with Sherri Farley playing the hammered dulcimer
  • 7 p.m. - Redhorse Band

THURSDAY, September 10

  • 11 a.m. - Culinary Competition: Same Recipe Apple Pie
  • 12:30 p.m. - Food Cooking Demo, by Chef Darrel
  • 2 p.m. - Culinary Competition, Beef Bonanza, with Sherri Farley playing the hammered dulcimer
  • 4 p.m. - Culinary Competition: Let’s Celebrate Chicken with Sherri Farley playing the hammered dulcimer
  • 7:00–9:00 p.m. - Eathan Bell Band

FRIDAY September 11

  • 11 a.m. - Culinary Competition: Chocolate Lover's Dream
  • 2 p.m. - Culinary Competition: Pork Extravaganza, with Sherri Farley playing the hammered dulcimer
  • 4 p.m. - Culinary Competition: Chili, with Sherri Farley playing the hammered dulcimer
  • 6–8 p.m. - Woody James

SATURDAY, September 12

  • 9 a.m.–12 p.m. - Fox River Lutheran Church
  • 4–6 p.m. - Phoenixx

SUNDAY, September 13

  • 8:30 p.m. - Worship at the Fair, provided by area churches
  • 12–2 p.m. - Field Day
  • 3–3:45 p.m. - Cloggin' Craze

Sherri Farley

Hammered Dulcimer

Have you ever heard or seen a hammered dulcimer? Stop by the Home Arts stage to watch and listen to Sherri’s diverse music from gentle waltzes to driven bluegrass arrangements. Honored with an Illinois Arts Council Master/Apprentice grant to study the Hammered Dulcimer, her distinctive style is evident, as are the curious flexible corset stay hammers and obscure right bridge tuning method she uses.

Visit Sherri's website for more information and for samples of her music.

Performing Sept. 9, 10, and 11 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. during the culinary competitions

Home Arts Stage schedule

Redhorse Band

Wide variety of rock and roll, blues, americana/country and folk rock

Redhorse BandMembers: Steve Pescitelli, Alan Deaton, Leigh Kossman, Bill Fritsch, Audrey Pescitelli, Tania Nezrick.


Performing Sept. 9, at 10 p.m.

Home Arts Stage schedule

Culinary Competitions

Come watch the judges pick a winner
from the local people competing for prize money.

Some 2013 winners with Chef Darrel, one of the judges.

Contestants sit anonymously in the audience and enjoy the judging. The food preparation and cooking is done beforehand, in the contestants' homes. Hot foods are taken to the stage in crock pots and kept warm using the electrical outlets available in the stage area. Cold foods are in coolers. Contestants must be off the stage prior to the judges arrival onto the stage.

Judging takes place behind the Home Arts Building.

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, September 9, 10, and 11 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Home Arts Stage schedule (competition categories are listed in the schedule above)

Chef Darrel Cooking Demonstrations

Sit back and pick up ideas for you own cooking or just enjoy watching Chef Darrel at work

Darrel Anderson has a degree in Culinary Arts from RMC Institute of Culinary Arts, and has also studied at the Apicius School of Culinary Arts in Italy. His cooking focuses on Italian regional and classical cuisine, as well as a variety of unique American and International favorites. T

The demonstration will be done behind the Home Arts building in front of the Home Arts Stage. Get a close up look since Chef Darrel is on the ground level, where the audience will sit. He will be easily visible and can engage the audience more directly. Last year we provided samples to the audience. We hope to be able to do that again this year.

Thursday, September 10, 12:30 p.m.

Home Arts Stage schedule

Ethan Bell Band

hottest new country band in the Chicago area

Playing music from artists like the Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, and Florida Georgia Line they bring fun to everywhere they play! Led by the smooth vocals of Ethan Bell, the band plays a variety of styles: old country, blues, reggae, and party dance music. Getting their start in 2014, they have played many summer fests “Paid to Party” was picked 10 out of 1,000 for the NSAI, (National Songwriters Association of Illinois).

Thursday, September 10, 7–10 p.m.


Home Arts Stage schedule

Woody James

A variety of Country, Rock n' Roll, and Folk music

"I'm an up and coming artist from nowhere that's going somewhere.”

Come see a variety of Country, Rock n' Roll, and Folk music performed by a young Millington, IL man.  "People tell me I remind them of Johnny Cash…  My music is a tribute to great musicians like Cash and Hank Williams, among others…I live, love, and breathe off of country music…My dream is to perform on the Grand Old Opry Stage at The Ryman Auditorium like all of my heroes and inspirations.”

Friday, September 11, 6–8 p.m.

Home Arts Stage schedule


Music from the rock and roll hall of fame

Enjoy the Phoenixx Band their music includes 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Five harmonious, seasoned musicians that will rock your world. We love playing, singing and putting on a show!” “Chances are we'll be having as much fun as the audience because making music and putting on shows is what we do.

Band Members are: Scott Blettner, drums and vocals; emcee Bobby Jay Jones, lead guitar and vocals; DJ Dave Rapp (aka the rappmeister), bass guitar and vocals; Little Stevie Pence, rhythm, bass guitar and vocals; and Stan the man Orr, keyboards and vocals.

Sunday, September 12, 4–6:30 p.m.


Home Arts Stage schedule

Field Day Band

High-energy rock favorites from the 60s to now

The eight members play a wide selection of instruments that allows the band to cover a broad genre of songs and artists.

Some people describe Field Day's incredible vocals and harmonies as "Better than the Original Artists"!

Sunday, September 13, 12–2 p.m.


Home Arts Stage schedule

Cloggin' Craze

A foot stomping good time!

Have you ever watched cloggers? Why not stop by the Home Arts Stage on Sunday at 3 p.m. and find out more about this dance which has been performed in America since the mid 1700s.

Clogging is an upbeat, social form of dance that requires both precision and enthusiasm. It is a form of dance that precedes tap dancing. Clogging shoes look similar to tap shoes but have two taps nailed together instead of just one which creates an extra "jingling" sound that tap shoes cannot produce.

The group Cloggin’ Craze is led by Carol Hedlin of New Lenox. The group started with about 12 dancers and has grown to over 80. At the Sandwich Fair, they will dance to a variety of popular music, including country and bluegrass. They hope to see you there!

Performing Sunday, September 7, 3 to 3:45 p.m.


Home Arts Stage schedule