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

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All Home Arts entertainment included with admission

WEDNESDAY, September 3

  • 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. - Woody James

THURSDAY, September 4

  • 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 Chickenwith Sherri Farley playing the hammered dulcimer
  • 7:00–9:00 p.m. - White Dragon 

FRIDAY September 5

  • 11 a.m. - Culinary Competition: Candy Confections
  • 12:30 p.m. - Food Cooking Demo, by Chef Darrel
  • 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 6

SUNDAY, September 7

Sherri Farley

Hammered Dulcimer

Sherri's love of dulcimer music grew from a Christmas recording of handcrafted mountain instruments. In 1990, she purchased a mountain dulcimer and familiarized herself with playing in the traditional mountain style. At a dulcimer festival a year later, she came upon the larger, multi-stringed hammered dulcimer and was taken with its beautiful tones and visual playing patterns. 

Sherri was awarded 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.

The music has brought about a circle of wonderful people and ensuing friendships. She is reminded of her first major bluegrass festival, where a friend commented on how much he enjoyed returning to the festival year after year. "It's like a family reunion," he said, "except you like everyone!"

Sherri will be performing only during the judging for the culinary competitions at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Not at the two 11 a.m. competitions on Thursday and Friday

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

Sherri will be performing during the two culinary competitions: 2 and 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Home Arts Stage schedule

Woody James

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

Come see a variety of Country, Rock n' Roll, and Folk music performed by a young Millington, IL man.  

Woody, who started performing in 2011, is now almost 21. He ended up in second place with over 50,000 votes the Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent. "People tell me I remind them of Johnny Cash….  “My music is a tribute to great musicians like Cash and Hank Williams, among others.”

Woody's parents bought him a harmonica when he was a small boy. At age 14 his mom bought him his first guitar. His dad played banjo and taught him some chords, and his mom taught him how to sing by singing old church songs. Choir and the variety shows in high school gave him exposure to performing. “Music is the only thing I've ever wanted to do with my time, and it always will be.”

Performing Wednesday, September 3, and Friday, September 5, at 7 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.

The Sandwich Fair Culinary Competitions are not like ones seen on TV. 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. Contestants sit anonymously in the audience and enjoy the judging.

Judging takes place behind the Home Arts Building.

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, September 3, 4, and 5 at 5 p.m.

Home Arts Stage schedule (more information about competition categories)

Food Demonstrations

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

Chef Darrel at work.

Clhef Darrlel's cooking focuses on Italian regional and classical cuisine, as well as a variety of unique American and International favorites.

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.

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.

Chef Darrel has two demonstrations this year that will be done in a quick half hour. The first "Surprise" will be Thursday from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. His second demonstration will be Friday from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and will be "Salsa."

Thursday, 12:30 to 1 p.m. and Friday, 12:30 to 1 p.m. The demonstrations will be done behind the Home Arts building in front of the Home Arts Stage.

Home Arts Stage schedule

White Dragon

party rock—'80s, ’90s, and current music

White Dragon is a local band from Sandwich, IL with five members:  Joe Webber, vocals; Bill Littlebrant, guitar; Jim Falaris, guitar; Jamie Skalic, bass guitar; and Jeff Schiltz, drums.

The band was formed about four years ago in a basement. Originally, the band was to play four songs for a get together to surprise friends but it turned into a lot more than that.

They now play over a hundred songs, and have played at bars, private parties, and even a wedding. White Dragon started as an '80s hairnation ['80s hard rock and glam metal] band and now do mostly party rock—'80s, ’90s, and current music.

Performing Thursday, September 4, 7 to 9 p.m. 

Home Arts Stage schedule

Steel Crazy

This band is totally green…no electricity required!

The sound is generated by vibrations filled with pure and positive energy each time they play.

The Steel Crazy Steel band grew out of a steel drum class at a local community college. Each person joined the class for different reasons, but each story is unique and beautiful. The students became great friends and created “Steel Crazy,” in January, 2006.

Their first official gig was aboard the Norwegian Cruise Ship, the “Jewel” in February of 2006 when they won a contest sponsored by Good Morning America. the contest required an essay on “How you get by with a little help from your friends.” There were over 5,000 entries and Steel Crazy was one of 15 groups of ten who won free trips. "Good Morning America wanted us to bring our pans and play on board…," so they did!

The Steel Crazy members are:

Lead Single Pan:  Sharon

Double tenors:  Karla

Cellos:  Jan

Congas:  Eric

Lead double seconds:  Trish

Double tenors:  Pat

Basses:  Mary Ann


Lead double seconds:  Judy

Double seconds:  Kris

Drum set:  Dave


Performing Saturday September 6, 4 to 6 p.m. 

Visit their website, Here's a sound bite (fun!)

Home Arts Stage schedule

The Oh Yeahs, featuring Leslie Beukelman


The Oh Yeahs are a fine young trio of talented vocalists and multi-instrumentalists. Through years of painstaking practice, their music possesses a particular set of musical skills that will satisfy your ears.

The idea of forming a band started during brunch in a booth at a Chicago restaurant. The Oh Yeahs, aka Leslie Beukelman (vocals and trumpet), Allison Orobia (vocals and guitar) and Sarah Marie Young (vocals and piano) decided they would join forces yo create a self-contained musical group the world will never forget.

Plan to stop by the Home Arts Stage to enjoy the Oh Yeah's creative writing and song arrangements. See them choreographing musical numbers on the spot.

Visit their facebook page

Performing Saturday, September 7, 12 to 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