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Head on over to Hammer In 2014

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

GRAND DETOUR – The John Deere Historic site is hosting Hammer In 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the museum, 8334 S. Clinton St.

The event is part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the local attraction. Dozens of blacksmiths from the Midwest will provide demonstrations, sell their work, and introduce the public to one of the oldest trades in the world.

There will also be basket weavers, broom makers, trappers, wheelwrights, woodwrights and more.

Guests will hear the sound of blacksmiths hammering in unison during an official anvils ring at noon Saturday.

A charity auction is set for 1 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds will be divided between the Upper Midwest Blacksmith and Illinois Valley Blacksmith associations, both event sponsors, for scholarship programs.

There will be a food vendor on site.

Admission is $5 for those 12 and older, and free for children under 12.

For more information, call John Deere Historic Site at 815-652-4551.

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