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Winter fun on tap Saturday at Winterfest in Genoa's Russell Woods

Horse-drawn carriage rides are popular at Winterfest in Genoa. This year's event will be held Jan. 19.
Horse-drawn carriage rides are popular at Winterfest in Genoa. This year's event will be held Jan. 19.

University of Illinois Extension staff and volunteers will offer a variety of educational and recreational activities for the whole family at Winterfest 2019 in Genoa on Saturday, Jan. 19.

The Extension and DeKalb County Forest Preserve partner each year to offer a day for families to get out, have fun and explore an enjoyable destination.

Winterfest will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Natural Resource Education Center in Russell Woods Forest Preserve, located one mile west of Genoa on Route 72.

“The horse-drawn wagon rides through the preserve are our big attraction," Extension Educator Peggy Doty said in a news release. “The draft horses take passengers on a scenic ride through our preserve located right on the Kishwaukee River."

"This is a festival about the season of winter so it doesn’t matter if we have snow,” she said in the release.

The morning will start indoors at the center’s bird-viewing window, where Doty will share some tips for feeding and identifying local winter birds. The winter fun will continue throughout the day.

The Genoa Prairie Gems 4-H Club will offer its annual fundraising lunch and snack sale. The rest of the day is free but donations are accepted to cover materials.

For questions, call the Natural Resource Education Center at 815-784-2000.

Those who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program should contact their local Extension office.

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