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Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park annual auction

Have you ever wanted to see our native wildlife up close? The Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park located five miles south of Pagosa gives you opportunity to do just that. The facility has been here for 23 years and is still a favorite place among many locals and visitors alike.

Each year we hold an auction to help raise a little extra money to help care for the animals and improve the park. With no government assistance, the care and upkeep of all the animals relies on solely admissions, sales, donations, and our annual auction fund-raiser.

This year, our annual fund-raiser is going to be held Aug. 22 at the Wildlife Park. The night will include a silent auction, raffle items and a live auction. Many local businesses and local supporters in town have donated a bunch of wonderful items for our auction. Some of the items to be auctioned off include some fabulous art pieces: originals, prints, and one-of-a-kind handcrafted items. There are great gift certificates and package deals to be found for all. If you are interested in massages and soaks, hair cuts, color or perms for any member of the family, or eating out at one of the fabulous restaurants in town, then this is the place to get these fabulous items. Maybe a rafting trip, horse rides, skiing or an overnight getaway is more your style; we have those, too. Whatever your interest, I am sure we will have something for everyone.

It is a great time to start your Christmas shopping and support the wildlife at the same time.

Phil Janowsky will perform live music for all to hear prior to the live auction. Jake Montroy will be the auctioneer for the evening. There will be finger foods and refreshments for all to enjoy.

Due to the nature of the event, we do not recommend children attend. On Saturday, Aug. 22, we will be feeding at 3 p.m. instead of 4, and closing at 5 in order to prepare for the event. If you are interested in visiting the animals, the park will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on the day of the auction or 9-6 the rest of the summer. You can buy your event tickets in advance at the Chamber of Commerce or the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park for $15. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $18.For more information, call 264- 5546.