Date: September 29 2008Contact: Tom GillespieASHEBORO N.C. – With fun and entertainment each weekend—from celebrating Native American culture to Halloween costumes—the North Carolina Zoo will offer something for everyone throughout the month of October during ZooFest 2008.The merriment kicks off Saturday Oct. 4 with Native American art dance music and story-telling. Colorful displays of various Native American cultures will fill the North America Plaza and Junction Plaza from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.Also featured in the North America Plaza will be fancy dancing singing on the hand drum storytelling and corn-doll making. Junction Plaza in the center of the park will feature a Pow Wow with demonstrations of traditional jingle grass and fancy dancing and a presentation of hoop dancing. Also at the Plaza the Bo Goins Drum Group will perform and Native American art will be on display.In upcoming Saturdays Oct. 11 will feature African art dance and music; Oct. 18 Howl-O-Ween will kick off a week-long celebration of Wolf Awareness Week with educational activities throughout the park face painting wolf-howling contests and opportunities for visitors to meet keepers. These activities will also run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.On both Saturday Oct.25 & Sunday Oct. 26 the zoo will come alive with its annual Boo at the Zoo featuring a magical day of family entertainment with games treats costume parades and contests each day. This two-day activity runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day.All the weekend fun takes place during regular zoo hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and is included in the regular zoo admission of 10 for adults 8 for seniors 62+ and 6 for children ages 2-12.ZooFest and all 2008 zoo special events are made possible in part through sponsorship by Pepsi.The zoo is an agency of the N.C. Dept. of Environment & Natural Resources William G. Ross Jr. Secretary; Michael F. Easley Governor.###