Animals To Visit at the Peanut Festival

By: Denise Bradberry Email
By: Denise Bradberry Email

The Peanut Festival gives visitors the chance to see and play with a number of animals they wouldn't otherwise get to see.

Meet Joey, He travels the country with a yak, camels, goats and alpacas so kids can get up close and personal.

"A lot of kids have never seen animals before and just for their laughter and just to see them smiling when they leave the petting zoo," says Brent Cook with the Circle C Petting Farm.

Most of the exotic animals in the petting zoo were hand raised from an early age making them gentle and fun for kids or adults.

Just next door you can catch a pig race at the “Hogway Speedway.”

The grand prize for winning the race is a silver platter of Cheese Doodles.

"The winner gets the cheese doodles the losers get the crumbs," says Cook.

Off the farm and in the water, you won’t want to miss sea lions showing off and playing around.

"They do all the cute little tricks like ball balancing, and back flips and they dance," says their trainer, Gala Rogacheva.

The sea lions are teaching kids about pollution.

"My girls will actually show you what happens if they swallow plastic in the wild," says Rogacheva, "Stella is our rescued sea lion. We actually found her on the beach with plastic in her digestive track."

Now Stella’s safe and loves to entertain. You can catch her act at this year’s Peanut Festival.

All of these exhibits are free to watch and visit. But if you'd like to feed the animals at the petting zoo, carrots are a dollar and if you'd like to have your picture taken with the sea lions that will also cost you extra.

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