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Kick Off Summer at 'Family Field Day' May 27

(May 4, 2017) — Welcome summer at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s fun-filled, family-oriented “Family Field Day at St. James Farm” on Saturday, May 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville.

See ongoing horse and riding demonstrations, dog obedience and field trials, sheepherding demonstrations, raptors and reptiles from Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn, and cows from Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago. Enjoy pony and hay-wagon rides, fishing, archery instruction, food vendors, live music, and a display of vintage tractors with ties to the preserve’s agricultural history. Visit with Forest Preserve District rangers and St. James Farm staff and volunteers as well.

Admission and parking are free, but there are small fees for children’s activities and wagon rides. Pony rides cost $5 and wagon rides cost $5 per person for ages 5 and up; under 5 are free. Archery is $2, fishing is $1 and a craft hobbyhorse activity is $3.

The entrance to St. James Farm is on Winfield Road 0.25-mile north of Butterfield Road. For more information check out the “Family Field Day: Top 10 Things to See and Do” photo gallery, visit dupageforest.org/familyfieldday or call St. James Farm at 630-580-7025.

“‘Family Field Day’ provides a great outing and offers something for all generations to enjoy,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore. 

“This popular event celebrates the region’s rich agricultural and equestrian heritage,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Al Murphy, District 6. “Visitors will be treated to demonstrations by numerous horses and riders, much like the world-class competitions the site once hosted.”

St. James Farm is open from one hour after sunrise to one hour after sunset 365 days a year. It formerly housed a dairy farm and agricultural fields. In later years it served as a world-class equestrian venue. This preserve offers trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, lakes for fishing, picnic areas and other nature-related amenities. Visitors can discover the preserve’s railroad heritage by touring the 1906 Chicago, Burlington & Quincy caboose or stroll among its historic buildings, tree-lined paths and works of art.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube pages.

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