While Alexander James Madden is only 2 years old, it was already his second year at the Darien Nature Center’s Down on the Farm event on Saturday, May 25.
The 8th annual event was held at Cherry Lawn Park, which is outside the Darien Nature Center at 120 Brookside Road.
“They have so many things for the kids,” said Darien resident Amir Madden, Alexander’s father. “He went on a tree swing and got to sit in all the tractors and visit the food trucks.”
“I like hot dogs,” Alexander said.
Last year, by the day’s end, a total of 1,500 people came to the event. By the middle of the day on Saturday, 1,600 people had already walked through the gates — and more were still coming in. The parking lot was closed off and guests parked their cars on neighboring streets.
Activities included a petting zoo, pony rides, construction trucks to climb in, picnic field games, and face painting. There were also a giant balloon maker, music and dancing, and a pond exploration activity where children could search for tadpoles.