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Homer Harvest Days fest a window to history

The Homer Harvest Days festival has 'something for everyone from very smallest kids senior citizens' committee co-chair Linsey Sowsaid.

The Homer Harvest Days festival has "something for everyone, from the very smallest kids to senior citizens," committee co-chair Linsey Sowa said. | File photo

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Updated: October 7, 2013 12:38PM



A replica Civil War cannon will fire at 11 a.m. Saturday to announce the start of this year’s Homer Harvest Days festival.

The cannon will be joined by authentic Civil War artifacts as well as a portrayal of a Union Civil War encampment. A historian portraying a Civil War surgeon will show how surgeries were performed during combat, including a limb amputation that blends magic and illusion with history, festival organizers said.

The Civil War-era exhibitors are new this year to the Homer Harvest Days festival, now in its sixth year of providing historical demonstrations and letting visitors feel as though they’ve stepped into another era.

Homer Harvest Days will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Trantina Farm, 15744 W. 151st St., Homer Township. Admission is free.

Food, live music, old-fashioned entertainment, children’s games, a petting zoo, pony rides and living history demonstrations are among the planned activities, said Linsey Sowa, co-chair of the Homer Harvest Days committee and the Homer Township clerk.

“Our event is so unique,” Sowa said. “There are very few events out there that have something for everyone, from the very smallest kids to senior citizens.”

Popular demonstrators, including the blacksmith, chain-saw carver and sheep shearer, are returning, Sowa said.

Demonstrations are planned throughout the weekend, including how to make brooms and candles and how Plains Indians used animals for food, clothes and household items.

“This festival makes history accessible for everyone,” Sowa said.

A pie-eating contest will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday and a “Mustache Contest” is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday.

Many homemade goods such as local honey, handmade soaps, jewelry, candles and wood crafts will be for sale.

For more information, visit www.homerharvestdays.com.



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