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Keithville’s Chimp Haven Holding Fall Festival and Discovery Day

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Chimp Haven is celebrating autumn with its second-ever Fall Festival. Saturday’s event features games, pumpkin patches, behind-the-scenes hayrides, food, zydeco music and, of course, chimpanzees.

“We are excited to host Fall Festival for a second year,” says Chimp Haven President and CEO Cathy Willis Spraetz. “This event is held in conjunction with our regular Chimpanzee Discovery Days, but offers many additional activities for our guests. It is a family friendly event suitable for all ages.”

For the first time, Chimp Haven will implement an admission price for tomorrow’s Fall Festival and Chimpanzee Discovery Day. Prices will be as follows: Adults (13 years and older): $6; Children (6-12 years): $3: and Children (5 years and younger): Free.

“Historically, we have not charged an admission fee for Chimpanzee Discovery Days or festivals,” Spraetz says. “However, we desire to continue offering a fun-filled educational opportunity to the Shreveport-Bossier City community and surrounding areas. To achieve that and continue providing quality care for our residents, it is important that we implement this change.”

This year’s event will include two pumpkin patches, pumpkin painting, zydeco band, The Lacour Trio, Logjam Drum Group, face painting, scavenger hunts, a raffle to win an original chimpanzee painting and behind-the-scene hayrides every half hour on the hour. Cost for those are $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 12. There’s no reservation for the hayrides this year. It’s a first-come, first-served feature.

Food trucks Lilah’s Bakery and Po’boys & Rich Girls will be onsite with good food. Individuals will have the opportunity to purchase ornamental plants and donate fruit trees to the sanctuary by purchasing them from Louisiana Nursery. There will be an area for children to paint small purchased pumpkins, as well.

Here’s the Fall Festival event schedule:

9 a.m.

Fall Festival Begins

Live Music by The Lacour Trio (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

9:15 a.m.

Release of Butler Habitat Chimpanzees

9:30 a.m.

Release of Robinson Habitat Chimpanzees

First Behind-the-Scene Hayride Tour

10-10:30 a.m.

Live music by Log Jam

10:15 a.m.

Chimp Chat

10:30 a.m.

Second Behind-the-Scene Hayride Tour

10:45 a.m.

Chimpanzee Food Toss

11:30 a.m.

Third Behind-the-Scene Hayride Tour

12:15 p.m.

Chimpanzee Food Toss

12:30 p.m.

Fourth Behind-the-Scene Hayride Tour

Chimpanzee Food Toss

1 p.m.

Fall Festival Ends

For more information, contact Chimp Haven at 318.925.9575.

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