Celebrate Autumn at Popular Danada Fall Festival Oct. 8

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Celebrate Autumn at Popular Danada Fall Festival Oct. 8

One of Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Annual Favorites

(Sept. 26, 2017) — Join a celebration of the horse and the fall season at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Danada Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Danada Equestrian Center at 3S507 Naperville Road in Wheaton.

The main arena will feature a demonstration of Arabian horse versatility, a parade of breeds, horse-jumping demonstrations, and horsemanship basics. Midwest Renegades will entertain with vaulting and trick riding, and the Northern Illinois Outlaws will demonstrate cowboy mounted shooting. Additional guest horses and riders will showcase other riding styles and breeds throughout the day.

“The Danada Fall Festival celebrates the beauty of horses and the skilled performers who work with them,” said Wayne Zaininger, the center’s manager. “It remains one of the only free equestrian shows of its kind in DuPage County.”

Visitors can meet Danada’s own Nick the Painting Horse and buy his artwork; take horse-drawn hayrides through the autumn woods; tour the barn that once housed Kentucky Derby winner Lucky Debonair; and learn about horse care, grooming and tack. Children can decorate paper hobbyhorses, take pony rides, paint pumpkins and stop by the face-painting area.

Everyone’s also invited to stop by the Danada House, former home to Dan and Ada Rice, for the Friends of Danada’s 60th anniversary celebration honoring Pucker Up, one of the Rices’ champion fillies from 1957. On display will be racing trophies, Pucker Up’s championship medallion, and more than 20 photos, including winning moments captured with notable jockeys Bill Shoemaker, Eddie Arcarao and Bill Hartack.

Danada House visitors can also view the Friends of Danada’s “Nature Art and Photo Show,” a juried competition featuring local artists.

“This is a one-a-kind equestrian show and festival that will delight people of all ages,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Tim Whelan, District 4. “You won’t want to miss the horses and pageantry.”

The District’s largest event, the Danada Fall Festival draws more than 12,000 visitors each year and takes place rain or shine. Admission and parking are free. Food and beverages are available for purchase, and some activities have small fees (cash only). Visit the Danada Fall Festival web page for a complete schedule of events. Questions? Call 630-668-6012.

“Join us for this fun family tradition in a beautiful country setting to celebrate the fall season,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore.
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 and Instagram pages.


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