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Binder Park Zoo Serves Michigan Brew at 7th Annual BontebOktoberfest

Calling all beer enthusiasts! Drink brew at the Zoo with the animals during BontebOktoberfest onOctober 15th from 6pm to 10pm at Binder Park Zoo! BontebOktoberfest is one of the most unique beer tasting events in the state, featuring a wide variety ofMichigan craft brews, ciders, meads and wines. Come celebrate with great beer, great music and great times. Pre-sale tickets cost $45/person and $50 at the gate.  Designated driver tickets are available for $25. To purchase tickets visit www.binderparkzoo.org/beer. Guests must be at least age 21 with photo ID, to attend.

One of the area’s most anticipated events, BontebOktoberfest attracts beer-lovers from around Michigan to partake in the festivities. Guests will receive a collectable BontebOktoberfest tasting glass and 12 drink tickets. Also included with admission are a variety of delicious “small bite” food pairings specially prepared by Taste of the Wild Catering.

New at this year’s event will be Gorilla Gourmet and Latitude 42, who will be selling additional fabulous food truck fare for the “still-hungry” crowd. Other special features include the Carousel Derby, great raffle prizes to win, live animal encounters, free Z.O. & O. train rides and more. Don’t miss the musical entertainment on the Wildlife Discovery Theater stage from Texas natives The Rocketboys, andRyanhood who were named ‘Best Group/Duo’ in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards. Plus, Peter George and the J-Man will be playing tunes under the Lounge Tent.

Become a VIP and enjoy exclusive beer and wine samplings and tasty treats available only under the VIP Tent. VIP ticket quantities are limited and sold on a first come, first serve basis for $25 and (if still available), $30 at the door.

Guests can also take advantage of special overnight packages available through Holiday Inn Battle Creek which also include convenient shuttle transportation to and from the Zoo. Reservations can be made at www.binderparkzoo.org/hotel. Additionally, shuttle service from the Zoo to FireKeepers Casino will be available for a nominal fee.

Binder Park Zoo is proud to announce Atlas Sales and Townsquare Media as sponsors of BontebOktoberfest 2016 and thanks them for their support.

BontebOktoberfest is named for the bontebok, a rare species of antelope found in the Western Cape area of South Africa. Although wild populations experienced dramatic declines to less than 20 animals in the 19th century due to overhunting, the species has recovered following increased protection. Numbers of 1500 are believed to exist today within their native range, with an additional 2000 found in other places like Binder Park Zoo. The bontebok is part of a Species Survival Plan (SSP) through the Association of Zoo and Aquariums (AZA) and proceeds from BontebOktoberfest helps support conservation efforts that the Zoo participates in.