CANCELED: Kick Off Summer at Family Field Day June 1 at St. James Farm

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Note: This event has been canceled due to wet conditions at St. James Farm


Kick Off Summer at Family Field Day June 1 at St. James Farm

(May 14, 2019) — Welcome summer at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s fun-filled, family-oriented Family Field Day on Saturday, June 1 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, a dairy exhibit featuring cows from Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago, and reptiles from Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. Enjoy pony and hay-wagon rides, fishing, archery instruction, food vendors and live music featuring Truman’s Ridge and Ashley Lewis. 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. The entrance to St. James Farm is on Winfield Road 0.25-mile north of Butterfield Road. For more information call St. James Farm at 630-580-7025.
“Family Field Day provides a great outing and offers something for all generations to enjoy,” said St. James Farm site manager Wayne Zaininger. “This popular event celebrates the region’s rich agricultural and equestrian heritage.”

Below is the schedule of events:

Limerick Outdoor Arena
11:30 a.m. Trail Class
12:30 p.m. Renegade Flag Drill Team (MidWest Renegades)
1:30 p.m. Trail Class Demonstration (Laurie Soukop)
2:30 p.m.  Roman Riding Demonstration (MidWest Renegades)
3 p.m. Dirt Devils Youth Drill Team (MidWest Renegades)

Indoor Riding Arena
1:30 p.m.  Dare Devil Trick Riders Drill Team (MidWest Renegades)
2 p.m.  Therapeutic Riding Demonstration (Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities)
3 p.m. Driving Demonstration (Laurie Soukup)
4 p.m. Bareback and Bridleless Demonstration (MidWest Renegades)

Working Dogs in Hound Paddock
Coming soon! German Shepherd Search & Rescue Dog Association Illinois

Sheepherding near Dairy Barn
Noon Heatherhope Farm
1 p.m. Heatherhope Farm
2 p.m.  Heatherhope Farm
3 p.m Heatherhope Farm

Music Stage
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Truman’s Ridge
1 – 4 p.m. Ashley Lewis
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 strolling 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, six education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, blogFacebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.


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