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Nex-Tech Zoo Fest set for Saturday
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The Nex-Tech train travels the sidewalks of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, in this photo from last years Nex-Tech Zoo Fest. Hundreds of people attend the annual festival, enjoying rides, games and food, along with the zoo exhibits. The 2011 Zoo Fest will run from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. - photo by File photo by Susan Thacker





The seventh annual Nex-Tech Zoo Fest will take place Saturday afternoon at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo.

From 1-4 p.m., there will be free food, prizes from local businesses, live entertainment and games. Admission is free, but guests are invited to make a donation to the zoo. Nex-Tech will donate $3 to the zoo for every person who attends, up to $1,500.

Local businesses have donated over $1,000 in prizes to give away. There will be free hotdogs, drinks, Popsicles and popcorn; a Moonwalk slide, obstacle course and bounce houses; face painting and tattoos; Nex-Tech train rides and a zoo scavenger hunt.

The Sedgwick County Zoo will be there with some live animal shows. There will also be performances by the Flying Debris, featuring comedic juggler Richard Holmgren, at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

A new look

The concrete lion at the entrance of the zoo was repainted by zoo staff last week. Diann Henderson and Paul Martin from the Great Bend Recreation Commission coordinated the project and put the final touches on the lion last Friday, just in time for Memorial weekend.