The Apple ‘N Pork Festival
What began in 1967 as a small fundraiser with a single kettle of soup and a stack of sandwiches has evolved into one of the largest fall festivals in downstate Illinois, attracting at its peak upwards of 100,000 visitors over a single, two-day celebration.
The Apple ‘n Pork Festival at the DeWitt County Museum is an annual event that celebrates the rich history and traditions of the local community.
The DeWitt County Museum, located in Clinton, Illinois, was established in 1968 with the purpose of preserving the history and heritage of DeWitt County. The museum houses an extensive collection of artifacts and exhibits that showcase the local history, culture, and agricultural practices of the area.
In 1967, a group of volunteers and community members came up with the idea of organizing a festival that would not only serve as a fundraiser for the museum but also celebrate the agricultural heritage of DeWitt County. It was decided that the festival would revolve around these two key elements: apples and pork.
The first Apple ‘n Pork Festival took place in the fall of 1967, and it quickly gained popularity among locals. The event provided a platform for farmers, artisans, and vendors to showcase their products, while also offering visitors a chance to experience the county’s rural lifestyle. The festival featured various activities, including live music, arts and crafts exhibitions, historical reenactments, and, of course, an abundance of delicious apple and pork-based dishes.
Over the years, the Apple ‘n Pork Festival has grown significantly, attracting thousands of visitors from near and far. It has become a signature event for DeWitt County, serving as a unique opportunity to bring together the community and promote local businesses and agriculture. The festival also showcases the county’s strong sense of community and pride.
As the festival expanded, more attractions and activities were added to the lineup. Today, attendees can enjoy a wide array of family-friendly activities, such as pony rides, petting zoos, a Victorian-era magician, clog dancers, tomahawk throwing, free musical entertainment, and our very own Pigs on Parade contest.
The Apple ‘n Pork Festival continues to evolve and adapt, incorporating new elements while staying true to its roots. It has become a beloved annual tradition that brings people together to celebrate the agricultural heritage, culture, and community spirit of DeWitt County.
In conclusion, the Apple ‘n Pork Festival at the DeWitt County Museum has a storied history that dates back to the 1960s. It was born out of a desire to showcase the county’s agricultural traditions and raise funds for the museum. Over the years, the festival has grown into a beloved event, attracting visitors from far and wide to celebrate the region’s rich heritage, enjoy delicious food, and experience the warmth and camaraderie of the local community.
Wear comfortable shoes and plan to spend the day!
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Tour the C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum grounds and huge flea market.
Free admission to the farm equipment and railroad exhibit buildings.
Free live musical entertainment!
Tram and bus transportation to and from the museum grounds is readily available for a small fee.
Vendor Information: Please contact the museum directly at 217-935-6066 for information about applying for our Flea Market or food space for non-profit groups.
C.H. Moore Homestead
DeWitt County Museum
219 E Woodlawn St
Clinton, Illinois 61727
April 1 - December 31*
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Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm
12 - 18: $2
11 and Under: Free
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