Children get to see animals up close and personal at Palatine fall festival

  • Jaxon Janousek, 3, of Palatine and his mom, Ashley, decorate a pumpkin together during the Fall Festival Saturday at Palatine Stables.

      Jaxon Janousek, 3, of Palatine and his mom, Ashley, decorate a pumpkin together during the Fall Festival Saturday at Palatine Stables. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • William Huitink, 6, of Palatine rides "Harvey," a horse being led by Karina Galvan, 11, of Mount Prospect during Fall Festival Saturday at Palatine Stables.

      William Huitink, 6, of Palatine rides "Harvey," a horse being led by Karina Galvan, 11, of Mount Prospect during Fall Festival Saturday at Palatine Stables. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Vickie Casey of Palatine helps her daughter, Anastasia, 3-1/2, down from a horse named "Harvey" during Fall Festival Saturday at Palatine Stables.

      Vickie Casey of Palatine helps her daughter, Anastasia, 3-1/2, down from a horse named "Harvey" during Fall Festival Saturday at Palatine Stables. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Mia Macatangay, 3, of Palatine pets a horse named "Rain" while being held by her mom, Becca, during Fall Festival Saturday at Palatine Stables.

      Mia Macatangay, 3, of Palatine pets a horse named "Rain" while being held by her mom, Becca, during Fall Festival Saturday at Palatine Stables. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 10/8/2022 3:11 PM

Fallfest at Palatine Stables gave children ages 2-11 a chance to see horses and other animals up close Saturday.

Attendees had to preregister for the Palatine Park District event and arrive during scheduled time slots to prevent overcrowding, an approach that has been well-received by guests, staff and volunteers, stable manager Toni Bruns said.

 

"We organized it so they make their way around what we call 'stations,'" Bruns said.

Among the stations were a meet and greet with a horse, pony rides, pumpkin decorating, make-and-take-home crafts and a small petting zoo, he said.

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