Activities for this year's Johnny Appleseed Festival in Crystal Lake will be modified this year, and will span September.

“Throughout the month of September, the ‘apple’ will be pared down to a few family-friendly activities and served in bite-sized pieces,” Brett Rainwater, president of the Downtown Crystal Lake Board of Directors, said in a statement. “Core activities such as the Apple Scavenger Hunt, Scarecrow Decorating, the Great Ball Race and other appealing events and activities will preserve the spirit of the festival for 2020.”

The event has been a feature of Crystal Lake since 1992. It typically features a Johnny Appleseed impersonator to share stories, offer history lessons and entertain visitors along with children’s games, music, a craft fair, demonstrations and wagon rides.

Organizers plan for a full return to the festival Sept. 25, 2021.

“As the largest fundraising event for downtown Crystal Lake, we ask that the sponsors and community continue to support our organization,” Rainwater said. “Purchasing raffle tickets for the Great Ball Race, entering the contests, voting on scarecrows and sponsoring will help downtown continue to thrive.”

The festival is named after orchardist and nurseryman John Chapman, known more commonly as Johnny Appleseed. The main event is held the last Saturday each September around Chapman’s birthday.

To learn more, visit downtowncl.org/annual-events/johnny-appleseed-festival.

Kevin Callen and his granddaughter, Lillian Callen, 4, of Gurnee, enjoy the fall decorations during last year's Johnny Appleseed Festival. This year, organizers say the festival will be "pared down" a bit.
Kevin Callen and his granddaughter, Lillian Callen, 4, of Gurnee, enjoy the fall decorations during last year's Johnny Appleseed Festival. This year, organizers say the festival will be "pared down" a bit.