Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend Lexie N Hopkins Volleyball, soccer previews coming this weekend Michael A Cheek

Local schools host ‘Wild Animal Adventures’

Last week students and families in the Ohio Valley School District had the opportunity to see the widely praised stage production “Wild Animal Adventure.” The show’s Give Back Wildly Tour is appearing in schools across America, entertaining and educating families about rare and endangered animal species, and delivering an important message: “It’s our world, It’s our responsibility.”

The show played at all three of the district’s elementary schools. A 6 p.m. show for pre-school – second grade and a 7 p.m. production for third-sixth grades included not only animals, but also inflatables, family games and fun activities. Over 2,000 people attended the three shows.

Each performance lasted about two hours.

A baby kangaroo, a macaw, a lemur, a hedgehog, and a salt water crocodile headlined the show.

Children and adults were encouraged to participate in the interactive live animal experience.

The show closed Thursday night at Peebles Elementary School with nearly 500 people attending.

In addition to the live animal show, students and parents were able to work with teachers to complete a variety of animal-related activities and games including: face painting, animal tri-nominoes, animal leaf creations, and bird/beak adaptations.

PES Assistant Principal Carrie Fuller called the night a big success, “Students and parents had a lot of fun spending the evening together here. We really appreciate everyone who participated.”

The show opened at North Adams Elementary on Tuesday evening with over a thousand people attending. North Adams Elementary Principal Marla Young is credited with discovering the show. “She saw it on You-Tube,” Parent Involvement Facilitator, Jane Hughes told the Defender. “She called and said check this out. It looked too good to be true, but it checked out, it was legitimate. It was all free.”

Wild Animal Adventure is an educational theatrical stage show for families featuring 12 different live exotic animals who take center stage, displaying the amazing talents and unique traits these species possess.

The show is owned by exotic animal trainer and entertainer, Barry DeVoll.

DeVoll takes his audiences on an adventure around the world “exploring, learning and delighting in the playful spirits of his 12 exotic animal co-stars.”

The Wild Animal Adventure is based in Iowa, and travels wherever it is invited to play, at no cost. DeVoll funds the show with proceeds from their concessions, souvenirs, and donations.

On Wednesday evening the show drew a crowd of 400 people to West Union Elementary School. Assistant Principal Emily Collett said, “It was the first family night we’ve had in years. It was a great success, we had a great turnout, and we hope to do more in the future to bring the community into the school.”

This year the Wild Animal Adventure show will be performed for more than 200,000 people in over 500 schools.

Animals participate in the shows for two years. Afterward, they are retired to a private animal sanctuary in Iowa.

A Macaw roosting on the arm of Barry DeVoll, owner of The Wild Animal Adventure.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Animals2.jpgA Macaw roosting on the arm of Barry DeVoll, owner of The Wild Animal Adventure. Submitted photo

Face painting was one of the many activities for youngstrers as the “Wild Animal Adventures” came to the local elementary schools.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Animals1.jpgFace painting was one of the many activities for youngstrers as the “Wild Animal Adventures” came to the local elementary schools. Submitted photo

Numerous stations and activities were set up for students and parent, these at Peebles Elementary School.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Animals3.jpgNumerous stations and activities were set up for students and parent, these at Peebles Elementary School. Submitted photo

This baby kangaroo was one of the many animals that were displayed for the enjoyment and education of the students.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Animals4.jpgThis baby kangaroo was one of the many animals that were displayed for the enjoyment and education of the students. Submitted photo
Traveling show features wild rare animals

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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