McHENRY – A lifesize fiberglass dairy cow will be at the Petersen Farm celebration later this month.
Anyone can try milking the cow, nicknamed "Cowleen," during the farm day, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at Petersen Farm, 4112 McCullom Lake Road, one mile west of Route 31.
Parking and admission are free.
Children can also use an old wringer washer and hang clothes on a line with wooden clothes pins like past residents of the farm would have done. Hayrides, farm animals, children's games, crafts, textile demonstration and farm equipment displays will round out the event.
The "Windy City Magician" will perform and a disc jockey will spin music from the 1950s, which is the theme of this year's festivities. Classic cars and hula hoops will also highlight the decade.
A Native American "Three Sisters" garden will also be in early bloom.
Petersen Farm was formed in 1840 and acquired from the Colby and Petersen families by the city of McHenry for preservation. The farm, its outbuildings and oak savannah are being developed as an agricultural museum and resource center.
The farmhouse's main floor and garage will be open for tours with furniture and kitchen equipment from the 19th and early 20th century on display.
- Northwest Herald