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Fest in Mokena offers taste of country life

Harold Davis Odell IL demonstrates sheep shearing during annual MokenFarm Barn Festival Yunker Farm MokenIL Saturday August 18 2012. |

Harold Davis, of Odell, IL demonstrates sheep shearing during the annual Mokena Farm and Barn Festival at Yunker Farm in Mokena, IL on Saturday, August 18, 2012. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 11, 2014 6:39AM



Mokena’s 10th Annual Farm & Barn Fest plans to have all the fixins’ for a right fine country good time.

Even city folk will find plenty to keep the whole family entertained, organizers hope.

Scheduled for 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Mokena Community Park District’s historic landmark Yunker Farm, the event offers kids contests every half-hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Depending on the ages, kids can enter a pedal tractor pull, inflatable guitar, potato sack race, Hula Hoop, pie-eating or seed-spitting contest. There is also a little farmer sing-along and costume contest for ages 3 to 5.

A petting zoo, western-theme contest and a kids mechanical bull called Angus McRodeo also are part of the activities, park district spokeswoman Erin Cortilet said.

“Farm and Barn is an event held annually in the heart of Mokena at Yunker Farm that celebrates the significance of farming life and harvest time in Illinois’ history,” according to the park district website.

There will be live demonstrations throughout the day, Cortilet said. They include sheep-shearing, spinning, woodworking, blacksmithing and more.

The farm is at 10824 W. La Porte Road.

There also will be many events scheduled across the street at the Oaks Recreation and Fitness Center, 10847 La Porte Road. More than 100 vendors are expected there at the flea market, which runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There also will be the seventh annual Quilt Show, featuring quilters from throughout the Southland.

Visitors can rock with a country concert starting at 5:30 p.m. It features The MG3 Band and the headliner, Slamabama. Alcohol, beer and wine will be sold. The cost is $3 per adult over 21. Children are free with parental supervision only, according to the website.

For more information, visit www.mokenapark.com.



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