Fall Festival at Danada Equestrian Center Oct. 13

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Danada Equestrian Center at 3S507 Naperville Road in Wheaton will host its annual “Danada Fall Festival” on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Main-arena events will feature many of Danada Equestrian Center’s resident horses and its volunteer musical horseback drill team. Numerous guest horses and riders will showcase various styles of riding and breeds throughout the day.

Among the many activities taking place across the grounds, visitors can take a hayride through the autumn woods, watch a farrier make horseshoes, tour the barn that once housed Kentucky Derby-winner Lucky Debonair, and learn about horse care, grooming and tack. They can also visit the Danada House, the former home of Dan and Ada Rice, and view the Friends of Danada Nature Art and Photo Show, a juried competition featuring local artists. Children can decorate paper hobbyhorses, play in a straw pen, paint pumpkins, or stop by the face-painting booth.

The “Danada Fall Festival” is the District’s largest special event, drawing more than 12,000 visitors each year. Admission and parking are free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, and some activities have small fees (cash only). For more details, call the center at 630-668-6012.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County owns and manages 25,000 acres of prairies, woodlands and wetlands. Each year its 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs welcome over 4 million visitors. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube pages.


Media Contacts: Matt Dehnart, Danada Equestrian Center, 630-668-6012
Bonnie Olszewski, Office of Public Affairs, 630-871-6402

News Release Date: Sept. 24, 2013

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