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Baby ducks and bears! Baby Animal Days comes back for 19th season

March 31st, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life

By Sarah Romero

WELLSVILLE—Snuggle a baby lamb, talk to an iguana or a porcupine, survive a mechanical bull ride, and watch baby bears.

DSCN3462It’s the 19th annual Baby Animal Days Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the American West Heritage Center on Hwy. 91/89 in Wellsville this week.

According to an AWHC press release, the event will feature baby bears, lambs, goats, ducks, chicks, piglets, bunnies and more.

“I think people’s favorite part is that they get to interact with the animals,” said Rebecca Getz, marketing manager and executive assistant at AWHC. “Most of the animals you can hold or at least pet. It’s so very interactive and you get to do a lot of hands-on stuff with the animals.”

USU student Sarah Nielsen says she loves it.

“The American West Heritage Center provides a lot of fun hands-on activities,” she said. “I learned how to make a rag doll. It was an all-around great day!”

Getz said this year’s event will include a new feature. “We’re having a fishing pond, and you can buy minutes to go fishing,” she said.

Getz also said the Willow Park Zoo will be bringing some animals to the event. “They’re bringing out some reindeer, a porcupine, a giant tortoise and some smaller reptiles as well,” she said.

Along with the animals, Getz said there will be rides and interactive activities to enjoy.

“We have pony rides for the little kids, we have horse rides for the big kids with little-kid hearts, and we’ve got a wagon and train ride that everyone can go on,” she said.

Heritage Center living history coordinator Annalise Christensen said Baby Animal Days is the biggest springtime event in Northern Utah.

“It’s a fantastic way to get out, and get the family out,” she said. “Get away from the computers and the electronic devices and just have some old-fashioned fun.”

Getz said Center expects up to 20,000 people this year, if the weather is nice. “If the weather is not so great, I’d say closer to 12,000 or 13,000,” she said.

USU student Preston Kadleck said he’s attended Baby Animal Days for the past two years, and loves the event.

IMG_3135-3“As fun as it is to see the baby animals and how cute they are, it’s just as much fun to watch the kids’ reactions to the baby animals,” Kadleck said. “So I kind of go to Baby Animal Days to watch the kids.”

But USU student Sarah Nielsen said she goes because she loves cuddling the animals herself.

“Going to Baby Animal Days is always a highlight of spring in Logan for me,” she said. “Nothing beats cuddling baby chicks, ducks and bunnies.”

Tickets cost $9 for adults, and $7 for military members, seniors and children 3-11. Students get $1 off with their student ID, and anyone who brings a non-perishable food donation also receives $1 off.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online here, at the USU card office, and at the South Logan Wal-Mart. Getz encourages people to pre-purchase tickets to avoid long lines at the event.


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