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In Our Parks: Fall festivals this weekend

Updated: October 10, 2013 1:27PM


Pumpkin Weekends
at Blackberry Farm

Blackberry Farm will celebrate the fall season throughout the month of October with its popular Pumpkin Weekends.

Each weekend — and Columbus Day (Oct. 14) — Blackberry Farm will be festively decorated in the spirit of pumpkin season. A picnic area will feature an assortment of pumpkins for purchase, and a decorating station with painting supplies is provided.

Carousel rides, hay wagon rides and tours on the pumpkin train also are part of each weekend’s festivities. Park hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Columbus Day). Admission is $5 a person.

A magic show will be featured Oct. 13, with the Trick-or-Treat Walk and Costume Contest from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 20.

Call Blackberry Farm at 630-892-1550.


Danada Fall Festival
on Sunday

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Danada Equestrian Center, 3s507 Naperville Road, Wheaton, will host its annual Danada Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Among the many activities, visitors can take a hayride, watch a farrier make horseshoes, tour the barn that once housed Kentucky Derby-winner Lucky Debonair, and learn about horse care, grooming and tack. Children can decorate paper hobbyhorses, play in a straw pen, paint pumpkins, or stop by the face-painting booth.

The festival is the forest district’s largest special event, drawing more than 12,000 visitors each year. Admission and parking are free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, and some activities have small fees (cash only). For more details, call the center at 630-668-6012.


Free fall Festival at Hoover

The Forest Foundation of Kendall County is hosting its first free fall festival from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at Hoover Forest Preserve, 11285 Fox Road, Yorkville.

Enjoy music, line dancing, a petting zoo, storytelling, Native American interpreter Redhawk, games, orienteering, a scavenger hunt, hikes, a bounce house, a bonfire with s’mores and more. Food will be available.

Contact Forest Foundation of Kendall County’s President Pam Parr at 630-554-2335 and at

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