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Posted on: August 15, 2016

Zoo Idaho to Host Ice Cream Zoofari, Mayor vs. Bear Pie Eating Contest

Zoo Idaho

A late summer tradition returns to Pocatello Saturday, August 20 with a bit of a twist. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Zoo Idaho will host its annual Ice Cream Zoofari. The event allows zoo-goers to meet the animals at the zoo all while enjoying all-you-can-eat ice cream. New for Ice Cream Zoofari 2016 will be the Mayor vs. Bear Pie Eating Contest. Mayor Brian Blad, Zoo Superintendent Peter Pruett, and other local celebrities will go head-to-head against each other and Shoni the grizzly bear to see who can devour their pie the fastest. “Shoni’s the obvious favorite but I think we’ve got a few competitors who might slip under the radar and give her a run for her money,” said Zoo Superintendent Peter Pruett. “No matter who wins, I guarantee it’s going to be entertaining.” The Mayor vs. Bear Contest is slated to begin at 2 p.m. at the Sara W. Ifft Grizzly Bear Exhibit. At 2:30 p.m., attendees can sign up to take on Zoo Idaho’s black bears, Cooper and Roscoe. The number of contestants is capped at 10 with the competition set to begin at 3 p.m. at the black bear exhibit. Admission to Ice Cream Zoofari is $6 for ages 12 and up, $4 for ages 3 to 11, and children 3 and under are free and includes all-you-can-eat ice cream. For more information on Zoo Idaho, visit

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