Baby Animal Days returns this week

LOGAN – The baby ducks, chickens, goats, cows, turtles, pigs and even bears are back for Baby Animal Days at the American West Heritage Center this Wednesday through Saturday.

“We have all the farm animals, basically,” said Sarah Gunnell, the center’s administrative assistant and rentals manager. “We’re bringing in some additional animals. We work with partners in the valley to bring in some unique animals. We have a few surprises coming in the next few days.”

It’s the most popular event at Cache Valley’s “living history museum,” and its biggest fundraiser. Gunnell said it also helps fulfill the organization’s mission, to educate the public about the importance of agriculture in the community.

“Every year it is getting more and more popular,” she said. “We’re expecting close to 30,000 people which is close to how many people came last year in the four day period.”

For Matt Whitaker and his family of seven, Baby Animal Days has long been a tradition. He said his kids’ favorite parts are holding the animals and riding the train.

“We’ve been coming 14 years, at least,” he said. “Ever since we’ve been here.”

The event is planned to coincide with the spring break schedule of the Logan City and Cache County school districts, making it easier for school-aged kids to attend.

“One thing we are really seeing a lot of is grandparents taking their grandkids out,” Gunnell said. “I think that’s so popular because grandparents had such a great experience growing up on a farm and they want to share that with their grandkids and give them the opportunity to connect with nature and the agriculture community here.”

For Tami Kelsey and her three children, Baby Animal Days is chance to get out and do something different.

“It’s not something you just can do anywhere where we live in a little suburb neighborhood,” she said. “It’s fun to just get out and see other attractions besides restaurants and parks.”

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