Families are invited to celebrate DuPage County's agricultural and equestrian heritage at "Family Field Day at St. James Farm" from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at St. James Farm Forest Preserve on Winfield Road, one-quarter mile north of Butterfield Road, Warrenville.
During the event, demonstrations by numerous horses and riders will echo the thrill of world-class competitions the site once hosted. Hay-wagon rides and live bluegrass music will be ongoing as will activities for children 12 and younger, including archery, fishing and pony rides.
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Dogs and their handlers will present agility, field and search-and-rescue demonstrations. A display of vintage tractors will commemorate the property's ties to agricultural history. A collection of the district's alternative-fuel vehicles will showcase eco-friendly technology.
Visitors will be invited to explore a colonial-style stable and one modeled after Roman round barns, or can stop by the 1920s dairy barn that housed a state-of-the-art operation and a Guernsey herd that set the benchmark for the Midwest. They'll also be able to try a hand at making butter the old-fashioned way and check out Maggie the milking cow.
Admission and parking are free. Children's activities and wagon rides require a $10-per-family pass. For more information, contact www.dupageforest.org/familyfieldday or (630) 933-7248.