Wednesday, September 23, 2015

44th Jordbruksdagarna celrbrated in Bishop Hill

This traditional Swedish fall festival
brings great food, music, dancing, and crafts
to Bishop Hill for Jordbruksdagarna

Jordbruksdagarna, pronounced yord-brooks-DAH-ga-na, is  Swedish for “earth work days.”  This, our 44th annual fall festival, takes place Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27, 2015.

Join us and explore a variety of traditional craft demonstrations in the village park. Artisans will make rope, craft barrels, process flax, create wood carvings, and more. Vendors will sell farm produce, pumpkins, pioneer popcorn, and other tasty treats from 10am – 5pm both days.

Sorghum pressing and a demonstration in baking hard tack will be presented at the Bjorklund Hotel from noon – 4pm each day. There visitors can try their hand at shelling corn, making bricks, pressing cider, and creating corn husk dolls.

Activities in the park include Performances by Hammer and Pick at noon and 2pm and the Nordic Dancers at 1pm and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.  The Burns Boosters 4-H club will host a petting zoo both days from 10am – 4pm.  Young and old are invited to join in the fun of old-fashioned children’s games at 2pm.

Henry County’s agricultural heritage will be celebrated at the Henry County Historical Museum, where a variety of antique tractors and implements will be on display. Find plowing demonstrations and corn shelling from 10am - noon and from 1 – 3pm Saturday and Sunday. An antique tractor parade starting at 12:30pm is scheduled for both days.

Food will be abundant! The Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association will serve a Colony Stew Meal, complete with rice pudding, in the park.  The Bishop Hill Heritage Association’s Svenska Varm Korv (Swedish hot dog dinner) will be served next to Colony Store from 11am – 2pm both days.  The Henry County Historical Society is having a bake sale both days at the Henry County Historical Museum. The Bishop Hill Arts Council is will also offer home-baked goods for sale at the Welcome Center on Saturday and Sunday.

For more details, call 309 927-3899 or email the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.