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Bill and Alice Nix Petting Zoo will be open to the
public Saturday, Oct. 11
Oct. 1, 2008 --
College of Agriculture and Technology announces the
fall opening of the Bill and Alice Nix Petting Zoo on Thursday-Saturday,
Oct. 9-11. The Petting Zoo will be open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday and
Friday to schools only, and interested school groups should make
reservations. On Saturday, Oct. 11, the zoo is open to the public from
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Bill and Alice Nix Petting Zoo, sponsored by the College of
Agriculture and Technology, is open twice a year – once in the spring
(usually during the month of April) and once in the fall (usually during
the month of October). Admission to the petting zoo is free.
Petting zoo animals include two donkeys, two ponies, a miniature horse,
two baby calves, sheep that can be hand-fed, baby twin lambs, three
goats, and an assortment of baby chicks, ducks, pigs, cows, bunnies,
chickens, a rooster, and the petting zoo’s pet deer. On Saturday, Oct.
11, children will be able to ride horses and go on hay rides.
Bill and Alice Nix Petting Zoo hosted the entire Jonesboro Kindergarten
Center (some 480 students) on the first day, and approximately 420
kindergarten-3rd grade students from various schools, including
Paragould, the next day. Dr. Kim Pittcock, associate dean of the College
of Agriculture and Technology, says, “Last spring, we estimated that we
had approximately 3,000 children on Saturday, as well as the
approximately 900 schoolchildren from the first two schools-only days,
giving us a grand total of around 3,900 children in all.”
For more information, contact Sherry Ellis, Agriculture Studies Office,
at (870) 972-2087, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.