Special events are back at Binder Park Zoo, four rolled into one to be exact! This zany “mash-up” called Cheetah Choktoberfest de Zoo, Uncorked! is presented by Sunshine Toyota. A combination of the most popular zoo events from prior years, this two-part event will happen on one day – Saturday, October 2 beginning at 9:00 am with the classic Cheetah Chase 5K. Choose to run or walk through the zoo on a course that takes you past kangaroos, the dinosaurs of Zoorassic Park, giraffes and of course, cheetahs, too! But, don’t be tempted to slow your pace to admire the views of the Wild African savanna because prizes are awarded to the top finishers in each age category. One of the most unique race venues in the state, each participant will receive a handsome, 2021 Cheetah Chase performance race shirt, post-race refreshments, including their first Bell’s beer free (for ages 21 and up) and same-day admission to the zoo – all included in the $50 race fee. Register to run the Cheetah Chase at Cheetah Choktoberfest de Zoo, Uncorked! (Cheetah Chase 5K) (runsignup.com).
Then, wear your zoo party pants to the Festival from noon to 6:00 pm at the zoo pavilions. Over forty guest vendors will be pouring samples of craft beer, wine, cider, mead, seltzer and even coffee. The complete list of vendors and pour list is available on the zoo’s website. Tasty menu items for purchase from La Chiva, Fox’s Pizza and FireKeeper’s food trucks and stations round out the offerings. Live music on the big stage begins at noon with Abbey Rose & Co. followed by Jesse Campbell at 2:00 pm and The Fat Animals at 4:00 pm. Festival tickets are purchased separately in advance at www.binderparkzoo.org. Ticket holders receive a souvenir tasting glass, twelve drink tickets and entertainment for $50. Admission for guests under age 21 and/or designated drivers is $25. A valid photo ID for participants age 21 ad over is required at time of entry.
Other fun includes a chance to win from a selection of amazing New Belgium Brewing prizes in the Prize Raffle, including the grand prize – a fabulous New Belgium Brewing branded bike by Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Calling all cornhole players! Enter your team to play in the Cornhole Tournament where first place takes home a Bell’s branded cornhole game set!
Presented by Sunshine Toyota, proceeds from Cheetah Choktoberfest de Zoo, Uncorked! supports animal care and conservation education at Binder Park Zoo whose mission is Connect. Inspire. Conserve. Connect people with nature. Inspire them to conserve. Binder Park Zoo is a nonprofit zoo accredited with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that receives no tax funding.
Binder Park Zoo gratefully acknowledges generous support from the following event sponsors;
Sunshine Toyota, Bell’s Brewery, Meijer, Firekeeper’s Casino Hotel, Oaklawn Hospital, Rice’s Shoes, Hoffman Brothers, Inc., Group Marketing Services, Atlas Sales, Plante Moran, Michigan Tile & Carpet, CTS Telecom, Hub International, Airway Fun Center and Moonraker Lounge & Restaurant.
For more information about the event, to register to run, or purchase Festival tickets, please visit www.binderparkzoo.org or call 269 979-1351. Binder Park Zoo is open daily 10:00am – 4:00pm including Zoorassic Park, through October 24.