ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The red heel sock that made sock monkeys famous was created here in Rockford 100 years ago. It's still our children's favorite stuffed toy.
More than 1,000 people showed up at the Midway Village Museum for the last day of the annual Sock Monkey Madness Festival. Guests were given the option of bringing a monkey or purchasing one at the event. Booths were set up where kids could make sock monkey clothes from scratch. A sock monkey hospital was also at hand if kids needed to sew up any loose ends.
"It's a way to introduce the next generation to the sock monkey. Almost everybody has one in their attic or they had one in their childhood. It seems like it's a perennial toy and it just keeps turning up," says Jessica MacDonald, Special Events Coordinator at the Midway Village Museum.
This year's event was sponsored by OSF Saint Anthony and Rasmussen College. Over 200 sock monkeys were sold.