2015 Johnny Appleseed Festival

Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 9AM to 4PM

Meet and greet Johnny Appleseed himself, as he strolls the streets of downtown, telling his story throughout the day.

Join Johnny in front of the Raue Center at 11AM and 1PM for stories and picture opportunities.

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Major Event Sponsor:

About the Johnny Appleseed Festival

Crystal Lake's largest one-day event which brings families and the community together to celebrate Fall.

FREE ENTERTAINMENT!!  Downtown will come alive with music and fun.

The Beaumonts will be singing, playing music, and cracking jokes at Brink Street Market throughout the day.

Music in Depot Park -- all day!

Demonstrations and More FREE Entertainment!! 

View and participate in demonstrations of an antique apple cider press and apple peelers, provided by the Crystal Lake Historical Society.  There will be musical groups, dance presentations, gymnastics demonstrations, martial arts demonstrations, storytelling (provided by the Crystal Lake Public Library), and so much more!  A clown will be providing balloon art creations in front of Crystal Lake Bank & Trust (70 N. Williams) from 10AM to 1PM.  Lots of fun for everyone!

Low Cost Entertainment for the Family!

Activities such as children's games, pony rides, petting zoo, pumpkin train, pumpkin bowling, temporary tattoos, wagon rides, amusement rides, moonwalk, etc. require tickets.  Tickets are $1 each.  Two ticket/information booths will be setup (one at the corner of Williams & Brink, and one in the parking lot near most of the activities). Click here for a detailed list of ticketed activities and the number of tickets required. 

The Souvenir Booth (selling apple cider donuts, water, apple juice, apple sippers, apple-shaped sunglasses, t-shirts, tote bags, books and stuffed animals) will be located in the Brink Street Market next to the large parking lot.  The Souvenir Booth will accept BOTH Cash and TicketsClick here for a detailed price list.

Craft Fair - Ormsby Motors' Parking Lot 

A Craft Fair (9AM - 4PM) will be held in Ormsby Motors' parking lot.  Dozens of vendors displaying beautiful and unique handmade items (everything from quilts to painted rocks to jewelry to fabric tote bags to crocheted items to holiday decorations to....well, you get the picture!). 

Click here for the 2015 Craft Fair Application.

Farmers Market

Farmers Market is located (today only) at the corner of Grant & Brink.  Visit your favorite market vendor.  


Pie Baking Contest!!  Ten bakers will against each other.  Pies will be judged on appearance, taste, and crust. 

 And the 2013 winners were:

1st Place - Julie Gilligan 

2nd Place - Andrea Tusynski

3rd Place - Amber Kennett

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Pie Eating Contest!!  Ten contestants will compete against each other and the clock.  The rules are as follows:


• Each participant receives the same kind, size & weight pie.
• Five minute time limit.
• Participant will be declared a winner if they are the first person to eat (swallow) the entire pie.
• If entire pie is not eaten in 5 minutes, winner is determined by remaining weight of uneaten pie.
• All decisions are final.
• Entry fee: $5

Pie Clarifications:
All pies are made by Benedicts La Strata with the exact same number of


2014 Pie Eating Contest Winners:

1st Place - Nevin Forstrom

2nd Place - Jason Ranbe

3rd Place - Paul Lockwood

Scarecrow Decorating - Dozens of scarecrows will adorn the lightpoles in Downtown Crystal Lake.  Businesses and individuals will compete for bragging rights in six categories: Scariest, Most Colorful, Most Creative, Most Humorous, Most Represents Business, and Judges' Choice.   There will be one additional category this year: "Centennial Award" to honor our City's Centennial. The creativity of the scarecrows will really give Downtown something to "crow about"!  Click here for additional information.

Great Ball Race - 3PM

For fast-paced excitement and fun, check out the Great Ball Race on Brink Street.  Purchase your chance to win $1,000 at the ticket booth near Dalzell Jewelers.  Race time is 3PM.  Come on down and cheer your ball on to victory.  Click here for additional information about the Great Ball Race.

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Thousands of people attend the Johnny Appleseed Festival.       We hope you'll join us in 2014!

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2014 Johnny Appleseed Festival and Great Ball Race Sponsors: 

Home State Bank - Major Event Sponsor

Northwest Herald - Print Media Sponsor

A Video & Image Company - Video Sponsor

Accumation, Inc.

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital


American Community Bank

Area 51 Tattoos

Baxter & Woodman

Benedicts La Strata

Black Diamond Plumbing & Electric

BMO Harris Bank

BMW-VW-Mazda of Crystal Lake

Brink Street Restaurant & Bar

Cafe Olympic

The Clothes Gallery

Color Me Mine

Country Financial - William Layer

Country Inn & Suites

Countryside Flowershop & Nursery

Crystal Lake Bank & Trust

Crystal Lake Natural Health Care

Crystal Lake Upholstery

DaBaffone Cucina Italiana

Dalzell Jewelers

Davenport Family Funeral Home

Fuhler Properties

Georgio's Chicago Pizzeria & Pub

Herrick Auto Rebuilders

Joe's Barber Shop

Joyce's Driving School

Judson University

KaleidoScoops Ice Cream

Lloyd's Paint & Paper

Marvin's Toy Store

McHenry County Living

Montessori Pathways School

Ormsby Motors

Out of the Box

The Players Bench Music Store

The Raue Center for the Arts

Judith Svalander School of Ballet

Wear Did U Get That

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Here are some photos from prior Johnny Appleseed Festivals:

View photos of Scarecrows from prior years: