2022 Fall Festival at Danada

Oct. 8 & 9
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Danada Equestrian Center, Wheaton

Don't miss the Forest Preserve District’s largest event of the year, held over two days for the first time ever!

Festivities will include trick riding, vaulting, carriage driving, a drill team, and equine therapy demonstrations. Families can enjoy wagon rides, pony rides, barn tours, hands-on nature activities, and more! All ages. Admission and parking are free, but there are small fees for some activities. No registration. Questions? Call 630-668-6012.

 

Main Arena Schedule and Special Guests

Saturday, Oct. 8
Schedule subject to change

11 a.m.

Stateline Spitfires — Stateline Hotshots Rodeo Drill Team

11:30 a.m. 

Driving — Laurie Soukup

12 p.m. 

Stateline Hot Shots — Stateline Hotshots Rodeo Drill Team

12:30 p.m. 

Therapeutic Riding — HorsePower

12:45 p.m.

Hobbyhorse Romp

1 p.m.

Break

2 p.m.

Danada Equestrian Center Drill Team

2:15 p.m.

Therapeutic Riding — HorsePower

2:30 p.m.

Stateline Hot Shots — Stateline Hotshots Rodeo Drill Team

2:45 p.m.

Driving — Laurie Soukup

3 p.m.

Hobbyhorse Romp

3:15 p.m. 

Break

4 p.m.

Stateline Spitfires — Stateline Hotshots Rodeo Drill Team

Special Guests:

WTTW’s Nature Cat, Noon – 5 p.m.

Bluegrass recording artist Ashley Lewis, Performances at 1 & 3 p.m.

 

Sunday, Oct. 9
Schedule subject to change

11 a.m.

"Star Spangled Banner” with conductor Bruce Brieschke, Soprano Andra Cowell, Alto Sophie Blea, Tenor Thomas DeFisher, Tenor Michael Olson, Bass Parker Ohman, and Bass Joseph Abdelmeiek

11 a.m.

Dirt Devils Youth Team — Dirt Devils of the Midwest Renegades 

11:30 a.m. 

Driving — Laurie Soukup

12 p.m. 

Therapeutic Riding — Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities

12:30 p.m. 

Midwest Renegades Rebels

12:45 p.m.

Hobbyhorse Romp

1 p.m.

Break

2 p.m.

Midwest Renegades

2:15 p.m.

Driving — Laurie Soukup

2:30 p.m.

Chicago Vaulting

2:45 p.m.

Bareback and Bridleless Demo

3 p.m.

Hobbyhorse Romp

3:15 p.m. 

Break

4 p.m.

Midwest Renegades Dare Devils

4:45 p.m.

Midwest Renegade's Heraldo

Special Guest:

Dulcimer Player Sherri Farley, Performances at 1 & 3 p.m.

 

And Don’t Miss …

At the Danada House
47th Nature Art & Photo Show

At Danada Equestrian Center
Gift Shop
Stop by the office to shop for artwork by Nick the Painting Horse and other one-of-a-kind equine gifts.

 

Many Thanks to Our Fall Festival Supporters and Community Partners

Forest Preserve District, Community, and Danada Equestrian Volunteers
Friends of Danada
Forest Preserve District Community Partners: ComEd, Domtar Paper, Nicor Gas, Edward Jones Financial Advisors-Mike Dyer, V3, Wheaton Bank and Trust

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County offers scores of nature-related programs and activities for grownups, kids, families and groups year-round. Click below to register for programs, reserve shelters and campsites or purchase permits, and we'll see you soon!

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