Northbrook Historical Society’s fall festival, Shermerfest, was first celebrated in 1979. Typically, this fun-filled family event is held on the third Sunday of September on the Village Green in downtown Northbrook. Refreshments like popcorn, soft drinks, and ice cream will be available for sale. Also, visitors may purchase Chrysanthemums and take a guided tour of the Northbrook History Museum located nearby. Shermerfest is the second-oldest outdoor event in Northbrook and it’s a community tradition. A classic car show & parade, a raffle, and free live music in the Village Green gazebo highlight the festival, which has become the Northbrook Historical Society’s main fund-raising event.
Classic vehicles are welcome in both the car show and the parade for a minimum donation of $10 per vehicle. To participate, drivers must fill out a registration form and sign a waiver. Digitally download the entrance forms and waivers for the CARavan parade and Classic Car Show when they are made available in mid-August every year. Awards will be given to the favorite vehicles in the park.
Cow Pie Moo-lette raffle tickets are not only available online, but also from Historical Society board members, and can also be purchased directly at the Museum (Sundays 2-4 pm) and Heritage Center (Thursdays 10am – 2pm) in-person. A special thank you to the Wagner Farm in Glenview for providing the key participant in this unusual event.
Remember, all are welcome at Shermerfest and it has no admission fee, but still it serves as an important way for the Historical Society to raise funds in order to keep two historic Northbrook buildings open and free for all who value Northbrook’s history.