ASHEBORO, N.C. - The third week of the month-longZooFest 2009 continues at the North Carolina Zoo Saturday, Oct. 17, with activities from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Saturday's festivities, HOWL-O-Ween, celebrate red-wolves, with information stations, games, crafts, face painting and a wolf-howling contest.

Zoo guests can visit wolf information stations from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the red-wolf exhibit, check out the hands-on information available and then meet and talk to keepers there at 1:30 p.m.

There will be games and crafts at the North America Plaza, Prairie Outpost and Junction Plaza and face painting for kids of all ages at the "kidZone" exhibit. And those wanting to howl like a wolf (or just learn how) can compete with others in a wolf-howling contest at noon at Junction Plaza.

ZooFest 2009 will conclude Oct. 24 & 25 with the zoo's annual Boo at the Zoo, featuring game booths, entertainers, music, story telling and costume contests and parades.

All the fun takes place each weekend 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 is made possible, in part, through sponsorship by Pepsi and Lowes Foods.

The zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment & Natural Resources, Dee Freeman, Secretary; Beverly Eaves Perdue, Governor.