Dan Patch Days

First weekend after Labor Day

Oxford, Indiana


Dan Patch Days is a festival held annually in honor of the world famous pacer who was foaled in Oxford, Indiana to owner Daniel Messner, Jr.

Dan Patch was a long-legged, wobbly, awkward colt with knobby knees - the colt even required assistance to stand to nurse. Many of Messner's friends encouraged him to have the colt put out of his misery. Instead the colt was nurtured and trained to be a pacer.. And the rest is history.

We hope this website will provide you with the information you seek about participating in or visiting the Dan Patch Days Community Festival in Oxford, Indiana.

For more information on the Great Dan Patch, please visit the Indiana Historical Society website or Dan Patch Historical Society.

2018 Dan Patch Community Festival

Committee Members

Karen Ahlbrand

Gigi Sims

Tina Gardner

Judy Solomon

Diana Brown

Suzanne Muller

Kasey Muller

Ashley Bice

Shane Johnson

Tim Richey

Laura Dwenger

Alexis Brummett

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Festival Events Calendar

Schedule subject to change.

Where is Oxford, Indiana?

Oxford is located in Benton County in west central Indiana. Below are directions from different areas.

From the North: (Chicago)

  • Use I-65 S or US-41 S

From the South: (Indianapolis)

  • Use I-65 N or I-74 W

From the East: (Ft. Wayne)

  • Use US-24 W, IN-25 and US-52W

From the West: (Champaign)

  • Use I-74 E, IN-63 N, and US-41 N

For more information about Oxford visit the city website.