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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 7

  • 2 p.m. - Culinary Competition: Bountiful Yeast Treats with Sherri Farley playing the hammered dulcimer
  • 3:15 p.m. - Junior Culinary Competition: Pizza, with Sherri Farley playing the hammered dulcimer
  • 4 p.m. - Junior Culinary Competition: Pasta Possibilities, with Sherri Farley playing the hammered dulcimer
  • 7–9 p.m. - Field Day Band

THURSDAY, September 8

FRIDAY September 9

  • 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: Comforting Chili, with Sherri Farley playing the hammered dulcimer
  • 6–8 p.m. - The Indian Creek Band

SATURDAY, September 10

SUNDAY, September 11

  • 8:30 a.m. - Worship at the Fair, provided by area churches
  • 12–2 p.m. - Redhorse
  • 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 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. during the culinary competitions

Home Arts Stage schedule

Culinary Competitions

Watch the judges pick a winner
from people competing for prize money.

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

Food preparation and cooking is done at the contestants' homes before the competition. 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. Hopeful contestants sit anonymously in the audience and enjoy the judging.

Judging takes place behind the Home Arts Building.

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, September 7, 8, and 9 at 2and 4 p.m.

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

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"!

Wednesday, September 7, 7–9 p.m.


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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.

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.

Samples? Does anyone want samples?

Thursday, September 8, 12:30 p.m.

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Mary and the Troublemakers

They're having twice as much fun as everyone else!

They love requests but play 50s, 60s, and a little bit of everything else.

Band members: Mary Pfeifer–vocals; Spencer Keyes–keyboards; Harry Nangle–drums and vocals; Tommy Edwards–Guitar and lead vocals.

Thursday, September 8, 6:30–8:30 p.m.


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Indian Creek Band

Rock and roll from the 50s and 60s, classic rock from the 70s and country rock

Band members: Larry Richmond–bass guitar; Scott Schneider–rhythm lead; John Slitowitcz–drums; John Orr–lead guitar and vocals; and Stan Orr–keyboards and vocals.

Friday, September 11, 6–8 p.m.

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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: 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.

Saturday, September 10, 4–6:30 p.m.


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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 Sunday, September 11, at 12–2 p.m.

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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 11, 3–3:45 p.m.


Home Arts Stage schedule