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This is Savage: Sharing our History

The first Dan Patch Days

Post Date:05/22/2020 10:41 AM

While Savage may be best known as the home of the famous racehorse Dan Patch, our city has a rich and varied history. Each month, we will share some of the lesser talked about people, places, and events that make Savage unique.

The First Dan Patch Days 

The first Dan Patch Days 

The first Dan Patch Days festival was held in August 1953 to raise funds to build a playground. The inaugural event included a parade, rodeo, horse races, queens pageant, and of course sales of the Dan Patch Days button which are now collector's items. In 1953, the queen was determined by which beautiful young lady sold the most buttons (Lois Breggeman). The horse races were down the dirt road — Quentin Avenue — and the rodeo was held in the park behind M. W. Savage School. Various fair foods were available as well as a watermelon eating contest. For over 65 years, our community has come together in honor of the famous pacer horse, Dan Patch. And while we will be taking a break this year due to COVID-19, rest assured we will be back for parades, pancakes, and
pyrotechnics!

If you are interested, you can explore more about Savage’s past at the Savage Public Library’s Heritage Room.

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