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Public Pumpkin Carving

October 9 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The NEW Zoo & Adventure Park is pleased to announce our annual Public Pumpkin Carving Event, sponsored by Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream! The event will take place on Wednesday, October 9th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is FREE and open to the public. Just bring your own pumpkins and pumpkin-carving tools and prepare to create a pumpkin masterpiece!  The event takes place at the Pines Shelter, off the north end of the NEW Zoo’s main parking lot.  If you are unable to bring your own pumpkins, you are still welcome to attend, but please do bring your own carving supplies. Each year, the NEW Zoo & Adventure Park does receive some donations of pumpkins that can be carved by guests during the event.

Event sponsor Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream will provide FREE PIZZA and the zoo will provide drinks to everyone who participates in the pumpkin carving.  Happy’s Joe’s mascot, “Happy the Dog” will also be on-site that night to meet guests! Groups such as scout groups, church service groups, along with families and friends are all welcome and encouraged to attend.  Of course, individuals can participate as well!

All pumpkins decorated during the event will be used to decorate the zoo in preparation for our largest fundraising event of the year:  North Shore Bank Zoo Boo 2019, held on October 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, and 26th. Zoo supporters are also welcome to donate and drop-off pumpkins carved off-site ANYTIME during regular business hours on weekdays during October, starting on October 14th.  The NEW Zoo & Adventure Park is continually in need of “fresh” pumpkins throughout the month of October to replace rotting pumpkins and decorate the facility.

Pre-registration is requested for the event, but walk-ins will also be accepted. Guests can come and go anytime between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

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October 9
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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