20170930 - Appleseed Fest (hrb) - nwherald
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Daryl Quitalig - For Shaw Media
Avery Martens (left), 3, of McHenry, chooses a stone from Professional storyteller Steve McPhail's, of Fort Wayne, Ind., dressed as Johnny Appleseed, hand during the Crystal Lake Johnny Appleseed festival Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 in Downtown Crystal Lake. Per McPhail, Johnny Appleseed was known for being generous and giving gifts to children, so he wanted to continue this by giving gifts himself. He used to give out appleseeds, but realized smaller children would eat them, so he transitioned to the shiny stones. The festival featured a variety of family entertainment, rides, craft fair, a farmers market, contests, scarecrow decorating, Great Ball Race, food and more.