Inaugural Blues and BBQ at the Hattiesburg Zoo

The Hattiesburg Zoo will rock and sway to blues tunes on Saturday, July 9. And what better with blues music than Southern BBQ. The inaugural Blues & BBQ event at the Hattiesburg Zoo will take place all day, and admission costs are $10 for children and $12 for adults and include train and carousel rides. Annual passes apply for this event and the High Adventure Ropes course

will be open with reduced rates.

The program for the day is:

– Doors open at 10:00 a.m.

– Keeper Chat 10:30 a.m. Asia

– Performance Blues Band 11:00 Giraffe Pavilion

Burns and Jane

– Animal Show 12:00 p.m. Pavilion of the Giraffes

– Blues Band Performance 1:00 p.m. Giraffe Pavilion

Ra’Shad the child of the blues

– Keeper Chat 1:30 p.m. South America

– Animal Show 2:30 p.m. Pavilion of the Giraffes

– Keeper Chat 3:00 p.m. Africa

– The zoo closes at 4:00 p.m.

Keeper Cats will include a training exercise with one of the zoo’s residents, and attendees will be able to ask questions about the animal, its care, keeper responsibilities and keeper qualifications. During animal shows, keepers will highlight some of the zoo’s most unique animals and share information with the public about each species. The barbecue will be the star food of the day. Three different BBQ plates will be offered including a BBQ burger, pulled pork or chicken wings with baked beans and potato salad on the side. Chicken nuggets, snacks and drinks will also be served at Safari Grill and Ladha’s Cantina, and grilled hot dogs and street corn will be available at the back of the zoo near the High Adventure ropes course. The “Get Cool Station,” located near the prairie dog habitat, will offer Seedless Watermelon Slices, Pop Bros Popsicles, and Pop Bros Pop Tails. The Splash Pad will be sprayed, a fun jump will be ready for the kids, there will be a face painting station and a blues music station. “There will be something for every member of the family,” said Demetric Kelly, the zoo’s director of business operations and guest services. “What better way to enjoy a hot July day than eating BBQ while listening to the blues!”

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