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Enjoy Two Weekends Of Fall Fun At Jack Hannas Fall Fest

Media Alert: Wednesday, August 24, 2011


August 24, 2011

Jennifer Wilson                                                     
Communications Manager

Powell, OH – Celebrate the harvest season with Jungle Jack and his animal friends at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium during Jack Hanna’s Fall Fest, presented by Fifth Third Bank, on Sept. 10-11 and Sept. 17-18 daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jack Hanna’s Fall Fest features country music, arts and crafts and kid-friendly activities to get everyone in the fall spirit. Guests watch pumpkin carvers, basket weavers and wood carvers while enjoying seasonal treats. A highlight of the event is to watch Zoo animals bob for apples in their habitat. There will be many other seasonal surprises as well.
To top things off, Nick Jr.’s Kai-Ian will host meet and greets and lead Character Caravans on Sept. 10 and 11 and Jungle Jack Hanna will be appearing live on stage with his animal friends on Sept. 17 and 18. Guests attending these shows will have the opportunity to meet Jungle Jack between performances.
This year’s Fall Fest line-up is as follows:

  • Kai-Ian Meet and Greet                  Sept. 10-11 only: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 5 p.m.                           *Guests must stop by Guest Relations to pick up free vouchers for meet and greets.
  • Jack Hanna LIVE on Stage            Sept. 17-18 only: 12 p.m. and 2 p                                                                                      *Jack will be available for book signing/autographs between each performance.
  • Country Character Caravan            Daily at 11:30 a.m., 1:45 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Animal Encounters Village            Daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
  • Diving Demonstrations                        Daily at 1 p.m.
  • Animals Bobbing for Apples            Saturdays only from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.                                                           *times may be subject to change without notice                         
This year, the Zoo has teamed up with Fifth Third Bank to offer a Family 4-Pack (2 adults and 2 children) and parking for any Fall Fest date for only $30. The first 2,000 to purchase this exclusive offer, available at Fifth Third Banking Centers, will also receive a free water bottle.
For more information please visit us online at Jack Hanna’s Fall Fest is made possible with the support of Fifth Third Bank and the Dispatch Media Group.
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