Stampede of fun
If your kids like animals and petting zoos and that sort of thing, they'll love petting a huge, hairy, one-ton bison with a head as big as a refrigerator. That's on the agenda at Bisonfest 2003, a college-scholarship benefit for students in Washington County, at SayersBrook Bison Ranch in Potosi (10 a.m.-10 p.m., $5-$10, 573-438-4449). Visitors will enjoy bison-herd tours, pony and boat rides, clay shooting, a silent auction, craft sales, artisan demonstrations, 4x4 off-roading, shopping at a country store, a fireworks display and a bison dinner. Guess what, kids? That bison you petted today is next to your potatoes now! -- Byron Kerman
Li'l Party Animals
"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams," declaims Willy Wonka to Veruca Salt. She was complaining about something or other, oblivious to the magic all around her in Wonka's chocolate factory. Why couldn't she just listen to the Oompah-Loompahs singing and smile and be happy? "Oom-pah, loom-pah, doo-piddy doo..." -- that should've been enough. Your kids won't whine if you take them to Ottertoberfest at the St. Louis Zoo (near River Camp Café, September 20-21 and 27-28; plus October 4-5 and 11-12). Not only will they have live oompah music there (but not performed by orange dwarves, sorry), they'll have lots of free, hands-on children's activities, which reduces the likelihood of bratty, Veruca Salt-style whining. But if the kids moan anyway, there's a biergarten for adults, which should ease the pain (too bad that's not free, too). The fun begins at noon and ends at 3 p.m. Call 314-781-0900 for more information. -- Guy Gray
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