The annual Winterfest 2018 will be held this Saturday, January 20th. University of Illinois Extension and DeKalb County Forest Preserve collaborate each year to offer a day for families to get outside, have fun, and explore an beautiful outdoor destination. University of Illinois Extension staff and volunteers will offer a variety of educational and recreational activities for the whole family.
“The horse drawn wagon rides through the preserve are our big attraction,” said Extension Educator Peggy Doty. “The draft horses take passengers on a scenic ride through our preserve located right on the Kishwaukee River,” Doty continues, adding “This is a festival about the season of winter so it doesn’t matter if we have snow.”
In addition, there will be ongoing crafts for children to make and take as well as candle dipping in the morning out by the fire. There will be hikes, story time, and adult programs as well. The Genoa Prairie Gems 4-H Club will be offering their annual fundraising lunch and bake sale. You can get food for you or your family for a reasonable price and help the club continue the great things they do for the community. The rest of the day is free but donations are accepted to cover materials.
Winterfest is from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is held at the Natural Resource Education Center in Russell Woods Forest Preserve, located 1 mile west of Genoa on State Route 72. For more information call 815-784-2000.