Updated: September 1, 2014 2:07AM
Lessons in tomahawk throwing, an Abraham Lincoln impersonator and a living history presentation about 18th century medicine are among the new events at this year’s 7th annual Homer Harvest Days.
The festival, which is co-sponsored by Homer Glen and Homer Township, will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 6 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Trantina Farm, 15744 W. 151st St., Homer Township.
Admission is free.
The festival features food, live music, old-fashioned entertainment, children’s activities and demonstrations on pioneer and Civil War life. Many of the event’s most popular attractions are returning, Homer Township Clerk Linsey Sowa said. Some 4,000 to 5,000 people are expected to attend the festival.
Crowds traditionally have looked forward to the blacksmith demonstration, the sheep shearer and Civil War re-enactments, which also include cannon firing, Sowa said. Pony rides, the petting zoo for children and a pie-eating contest also are crowd favorites, she said.
Among the events at this year’s Homer Harvest Days are a pottery wheel, candle making, glassblowing, corn shelling and shoemaking demonstrations. Items such as candles, personalized horseshoes, home décor, local honey, jewelry and Indian-style dolls will be for sale.
Also new this year is a demonstration about tomahawk throwing, which invites audience participation.
“Those of all ages will be able to learn to throw a tomahawk at a bull’s eye,” Sowa said. “That’s not something you can do every day.”
Homer Glen Trustee Sharon Sweas, a co-chair of the Homer Harvest Days committee, said the committee each year looks for new demonstrators and events and already has ideas for next year’s festival.
She said the event showcases the area’s history.
“We try to show residents through unique crafts and artesian demonstrations how life was in a simpler time,” Sweas said. “How many children can say they saw a sheep being sheared? Or where can you go to an event and throw a tomahawk?”
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