Celebrating Rockford's industrial past with the Sock Monkey Madness Festival

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Midway Village Museum is celebrating Rockford’s industrial past with the annual Sock Monkey Madness Festival.

The museum says it puts on this event because the red-heeled work sock, that makes the sock monkeys, was manufactured right here in Illinois by the John Nelson Knitting Company. This year's theme of the event is under the sea. It has activities for people of all ages including a scavenger hunt and obstacle course. More than 200 sock monkeys are made each year.

"Along with making a sock monkey, there are all kinds of different activities. For instance, people can come accessorize, they can get their Sockford Public Library card, and they can actually get their monkey that might be well loved and repaired at Sockford General Hospital. So we have a lot of different activities wrapped around this event," Lonna Converso, the Director of Marketing and Social Media at Midway Village Museum.

The event will be going on Sunday as well from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can either bring their own sock monkey or make one there. The museum says over the two days, it usually sees about 1,000 visitors.