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Have you ever been to the Hammer In?

Jim Handzel of Palantine hammers out a dish during the Hammer-In blacksmith demonstration in August 2016 at the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour. The biennial event that brings together dozens of blacksmiths for demonstrations and more will return from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4 and 5 at John Deere Historic Site, 8334 S. Clinton St., Grand Detour.
Jim Handzel of Palantine hammers out a dish during the Hammer-In blacksmith demonstration in August 2016 at the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour. The biennial event that brings together dozens of blacksmiths for demonstrations and more will return from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4 and 5 at John Deere Historic Site, 8334 S. Clinton St., Grand Detour.

GRAND DETOUR – The Hammer-In, a biennial event that brings together dozens of blacksmiths for demonstrations and more, will return from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4 and 5 at John Deere Historic Site, 8334 S. Clinton St.,

At noon Aug. 4, guests will be treated to the sound of dozens of blacksmiths in unison during an official “Anvil Ring.”

In addition to blacksmithing, there will be basket weavers, broom makers, trappers, wheelwrights, woodwrights and more showing their skills and selling their wares.

Admission is free. Food vendors will be on site, and there will be raffles featuring items created by blacksmiths.

The facility is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday from March through December.

Go to visitjohndeere.com for more information and a calendar of events.

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