“Boo at the Zoo” draws large crowds

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Children watch the otters play in the water at The Potter Park Zoo event “Boo at the Zoo” on Saturday, October 22. Photo by Hélène Dryden.

By Hélène Dryden
Lansing Star staff writer

Traffic was halted on Pennsylvania Avenue. in Lansing by cars filled with people lined up to enter Potter Park Zoo this past Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Visitors came from all over Michigan for the zoo’s annual “Boo at the Zoo.”

The family-oriented event drew 7250 people over the two days, well over the expected number of about 5000, and incorporated many activities including arts and crafts, a haunted “boo” tunnel, hayrides, a straw maze, live animal presentation, a magic show, and trick or treating.

Jennifer Horvatin, the Volunteer and Event Coordinator at Potter Park Zoo, coordinated the event along with other upcoming events at the zoo. All together it took about two months to organize. Horvatin said that while organizing the event was a lot of work, it was also a lot of fun. “My favorite part of the event is seeing all the different costumes and getting ideas for my own kid,” Horvatin said.

Frequent zoo-goer Rose Rose of Grand Blanc said she makes the hour drive every year with her daughter Abby to attend the event, “We love this zoo!”, Rose said. “We come to this event every year, it’s a lot of fun.”

Rose is not the only one who keeps coming back. Zoo member and Lansing resident Cindy Wright also brings her daughter Willow to the event every year. “We come to all the events” Wright said. “She (Willow) loves it here.”


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For more information on how to get involved at Potter Park Zoo; including donations, volunteering, or zoo membership, visit: http://www.potterparkzoo.org/get-involved.

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