New animals have been added to the Baby Animal Days fundraiser at the American West Heritage Center. Guests can expect three new female bison and two bison calves. The center is also expecting a mini baby donkey; the mother is expected to go into labor any day. This is the first year both the bison calves and the mini baby donkey will be shown at the fundraiser.
Baby Animal Days will be held March 31 through April 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event is the American West Heritage Center’s biggest fundraiser of the year bringing in 5,000 to 10,000 people daily.
“Our main focus is the education and the hands-on experience,” said Rebecca Getz, the marketing manager at the center. “We celebrate the culture of this valley and because it’s a big agriculture community, we felt this was a great way to accomplish that.”
During this event, the public gets to interact with several different types of baby animals including animals from the center like chicks, bunnies and lambs as well as black bear cubs that are brought down from Bear World near Yellowstone National Park.
“Most of these kids have only interacted with a cat or dog but here they get to milk the cow, gather chicken eggs and bottle-feed the calves,” Getz said. “They even get to ride the ponies or in our scale train.”
Saran Gunnell, the accounting and building rental coordinator at the center, said this event is not just for children. There will be entertainment from local groups, a mechanical bull, a quilt display as well as an antique gun display. Staff members, dressed in historic clothing, will be on site to provide facts and information about the center and each part of the event.
“It’s a great way for families to establish traditions by coming out and celebrating together by holding the baby animals and experiencing all we have to offer at the center,” Gunnell said.
Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for children. Tickets can be purchased by calling the center at 432-245-6050 or by visiting http://boxoffice.printtixusa.com/awhc/eventcalendar?v=0&i=0&g=0&g2=0&m=4&y=2016.