Dan Patch Comes Home To Savage

On Sunday, June 24, the city of Savage, Dan Patch Historical Society and Dan Patch Project will unveil Alexa King’s sculpture of Dan Patch and his owner, Marion W. Savage.

The ceremony which starts at 1 pm at the Savage Public Library: 13090 Alabama Ave, Savage.

Renowned equine sculptor Alexa King, along with city officials and Legislators will be on hand for the unveiling.

The sculptor is part of a planned two site installation. Fundraising continues for the larger installation at the west entrance of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Thank you to all who were part of making this happen!

Support Dan Patch Today — And Pay Tomorrow!

Split Up Your Dan Patch DonationDid you know you can split your donation to help fund the bronze sculptures of Dan Patch in the city of Savage and Minnesota State Fairgrounds over several years?

A little short of cash this year, but 2017 or 2018 look great? No problem. Just complete the pledge form now and let us know when you’d your donation processed.

Can you afford a little at a time? Let us know and we’ll split your payment up over three years, or, even months if you prefer.

The bronze pieces are a multi-phase project. The artist gets paid according to progress made on the piece. So, making a pledge now or in the future is equally important.

Remember, your donation is tax deductible.

Just download the¬†form below to help get started helping Dan Patch’s return today. Click here:

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Just 25 Days Left To Raise $100,000!

Cheese CurdsThe first day of August brings evokes mixed feelings for many of us. For some, it is the first sign of summer nearing an end, with the start of school just one month away. For others, it generates excitement, as many festivals and fairs are about to get under way.

This year at the Dan Patch Project, August 1 is a signal that the start of the Minnesota State Fair is just 25 days away. That means we have just over three weeks to achieve our fundraising goal of $100,000 by the time the first basket of cheese curds is ordered.

How are we doing? We’re about one quarter of the way there. We know human nature is to wait until the last minute, so we’re not worried yet. Nonetheless, we know we’ve got a ways to go.

Please help us achieve our goal of bringing Dan Patch back to the Minnesota State Fair and honoring he and his final owner, M.W. Savage, by making a tax deductible donation today.

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Dan Patch Remembered On Somber Anniversary

danpatch01One hundred years ago today, we lost the great horse Dan Patch.

And just 32 hours later, his owner, M.W. Savage passed away from heart failure.

Dan Patch’s record for the one mile pace was equalled in 1936, but not beaten until 1960. At the time of his retirement in 1909 he held nine world’s records and had never been beaten.

In a time of no radio, television, film, telephones, or Internet, every where he went he drew crowds of 90,000 people or more.

Perhaps that’s because his owner, M.W. Savage, was the first to see value in athletes like Dan Patch endorsing products, putting his image and name on everything from chewing tobacco to children’s records.

It’s hard to believe a horse who the nation adored is buried an unmarked grave in Savage, Minn.

There isn’t a bronze sculpture to be found commemorating his legendary achievements and the dreams they inspired.

Please consider pledging support for the creation of a permanent memorial for the great horse by downloading the pledge form or going to our GiveMn.org page today.

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