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Nex-Tech TV crew visits Great Bend Zoo
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Jenny Leiker, host of Nex-Techs TV show Whats Happening Now, holds Lucy, the bearded dragon, Thursday at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. A full segment of the show was taped at the zoo. - photo by photos by Susan Thacker/Great Bend Tribune

Nex-Tech’s cable TV show “What’s Happening Now” has been highlighting events and attractions in Hays and other parts of western Kansas for several episodes. This past week, host Jenny Leiker and crew visited the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, an attraction Leiker said she has loved since moving to this area. A full 30-minute segment will be dedicated to the zoo.
A show about Cheyenne Bottoms is also planned.

“What’s Happening Now” can be streamed online via the NexTech Channel on YouTube. The zoo episode will be available starting July 1.
That is also the day tickets will go on sale for Nex-Tech’s next event on behalf of the Great Bend zoo, “Wine in the Wild.” The Great Bend City Council has already approved the event, scheduled to take place at the zoo on the evening of Sept. 26. Nex-Tech will sell and serve wine.

“Nex-Tech’s been involved with the zoo forever,” Leiker said, as she carried Lucy, a bearded dragon, into the butterfly garden.
Zoo Director Nicole Benz led the guided tour.
Episode 15 of “What’s Happening Now” was uploaded to the NexTech Channel on YouTube on May 20. In that episode, Leiker interviews Megan Hawks and Lacey Lyne about the Nex-Tech Directory photo contest, Jim Huenergarde about Lions Club vision screenings, and Mary Karst about the Wild West Fest in Hays.

About Wine in the Wild
Adults will enjoy an evening stroll through the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, sampling a variety of local wines from Rosewood Winery and hors d’oeuvres, all while enjoying music from a live band and the company of the zoo’s wild animal residents. This event is hosted by Nex-Tech and participating corporate sponsors.

Two hundred tickets will be available for admission, for $50 per couple or $30 per person. To learn more about sponsoring the  “Wine in the Wild” event, contact Jenny Leiker, Nex-Tech senior marketing analyst, at or call 785-625-7070.