Sparking the imagination

Young and old enchanted with Fairies, Elves and Pixie Dust event

SHERIDAN – With a little bit of “magic and pixie dust,” boys and girls transformed into fairy princes and princesses during the Fairies, Elves and Pixie Dust event Tuesday, June 11, at Redbud Creek Farm.

The event, free and open to all ages, featured dress-up, wand-making, face painting, crafts, outdoor games and activities, interactive storytime and fairy garden workshops throughout the day. Lunch was available for purchase from Country Girl Catering.

Priscilla Zitt of Leland attended the event with her husband, Joseph, and their three daughters, Delilah, 8, Madilyn, 4, and Penelope, 1. This was the family’s second year at the event.

“With three girls, we love everything with princesses and fairies, unicorns and mermaids,” Priscila Zitt said. “I love that the event is free, which makes it more accessible to larger families. The activities are so much fun and there are so many different things to see and do.”

Nancy Christian, the farm’s owner, started the event about 10 years ago after talking to her friend, Jeanne Vaver, a garden volunteer and believer in fairies.

“I will always remember my mom telling me that fairies are real, and I’ve always been fascinated by them,” Vaver said. “About 10 or 12 years ago, Nancy and I were talking and I said to her that we need to have a fairy day. Nancy said that she was just thinking that, too. So we planned the event and it’s been an annual tradition ever since.”

“I’ve always loved the folklore and the stories,” Christian said. “We have a garden, and fairies live in gardens. I thought it was a great way to get kids outdoors and use their imagination and creativity.”

During the event, retired kindergarten teacher Karen Breunig led outdoor activities, such as an interactive storytime with “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” creating flowers out of Play-Doh, practicing hammering with golf tees and washing and hanging handkerchiefs to line dry, one of her favorite chores as a young girl.

“I love seeing all the kids having fun with homemade items, things you’d easily find at home and in your backyard, not store-bought things or electronics,” Breunig said. “They’re using their imagination, playing and using their fine motor skills and having fun spending time outside.”

Jenna Osmond of Newark visited the farm with her daughter, Brooklyn, 6, and son, Owen, 4, and created fairy houses together.

“This is our fourth year coming to the event, and we look forward to it every year,” Jenna Osmond said. “They love Disney and fairies and just being outside. It appeals to their love of nature. It allows them to be creative and use their imagination.”

Five-year-old Arianna Tauer of St. Charles attended the event with her mom, Gina, cousins Kyler Kuhrt, 6, and Kobe Kuhrt, 3, both of Plano, their mom, Cara, and grandma Cammy Kunstman, also of Plano.

The Tauers heard about the event from the Kuhrts and decided to attend together.

“It’s so cute and magical, it’s enchanting,” Gina Tauer said. “They all have fairy gardens at home and they love fairy tales and magic. It’s a great family-friendly event that sparks their imagination, allowing them to have fun and just be kids for the day.”

The next event at Redbud Creek Farm is the Garden Festival on Saturday, June 15. The event is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature local artists and crafters selling garden- and nature-inspired arts and crafts, live music, grilled lunch made by Newark FFA, and University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners and a certified arborist on hand to answer gardening and tree questions.

Redbud Creek Farm began in the 1990s when Christian was persuaded by her brother, Ed Pfaff, to grow plants for his landscape business. The farm sells annuals and perennials, herb and vegetable plants, ornamental trees and shrubs, miniature garden supplies for fairy gardens, gifts, accessories and wedding décor.

Redbud Creek Farm, located at 2930 N. 4351st Road in Sheridan, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Dec. 15. It will be closed July 4. For information, visit www.redbudcreekfarm.com or call 815-496-9400.

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