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College of Agriculture and
Technology announces spring Bill and Alice Nix Petting Zoo, open April
17 to the public
April 1, 2010
College of Agriculture and Technology announces the semi-annual Bill and
Alice Nix Petting Zoo. The petting zoo will be open to the public
on Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the ASU Farm Beef Barn on
Please expect crowds; this is a very popular event. For the health and
safety of both children and animals, no food, drink, toys, or pacifiers
are permitted in the petting zoo.
Petting Zoo animals include sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, calves,
rabbits, turkeys, miniature horses, and a miniature donkey. The Petting
Zoo also includes free hay rides and horseback rides.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, the College of Agriculture officially
dedicated the Bill and Alice Nix Petting Zoo, thanks to the donation and
support of the Nix family. The Nix family, sole owners and proprietors
of the Ash Flat Livestock Auction since 1958, are now seeing a third
generation of family, Melanie and Billy Bob Billingsley, in the
business. Not only is the monetary donation significant, but Mike Nix,
son of the honorees, will perpetually re-supply the petting zoo with
young animals from the auction.
The Bill and Alice Nix Petting Zoo will next be open in September during
Any students, faculty, or staff at ASU can volunteer to help. For more
information, to volunteer, or to book a school group for the fall
opening, contact Sherry Ellis (firstname.lastname@example.org), Agriculture Studies
Office, at (870) 972-2087.
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