Explore 1900s Dairy Farming at 'St. James Farm Dairy Day' Sept. 9

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Explore 1900s Dairy Farming at ‘St. James Farm Dairy Day’ Sept. 9

(Aug. 15, 2017) — Explore life on a dairy farm in the early 1900s at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s “St. James Farm Dairy Day,” a free, all-ages event on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visitors can participate in a dairy-themed scavenger hunt, explore a hay maze, try milking Maggie the Milking Cow, see a live cow and win delicious ice cream. Guided covered wagon rides along part of the “milk and newspaper run” of the former CA&E Railroad route will highlight the history of dairy farming in the region.

A costumed interpreter portraying Marion McCormick, who purchased the property with her husband, Chauncey, in 1920, will share stories from the farm’s early days and explain how St. James Farm set the benchmark for dairy farms throughout the Midwest for the better part of two decades. To support their growing, award-winning herd of Guernsey cows, the McCormicks built a state-of-the-art dairy barn with roomy stalls and assorted outbuildings.

“Experience what it’s like to make butter and see a hay elevator at work,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Al Murphy, District 6. “‘Dairy Day’ is a great hands-on opportunity for people of all ages.”

“There’s something for everyone at this beautiful country retreat,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore. “St. James Farm features fantastic artwork, educational programs and a rich history.”
The main entrance to St. James Farm is on Winfield Road 0.25 mile north of Butterfield Road. For more information, call 630-580-7025.

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 62 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 and Instagram pages.
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