The event will be filled with special activities, attractions, entertainment and many other seasonal treats. Have a ball this Fall with the following activities: JACK HANNA LIVE ON STAGE! Jungle Jack Hanna comes home and takes to the stage with all of his animal friends at the Animals on Safari Stage. Jack is excited to to welcome his super athletic golden retriever friend "Air Bud" popularized by 13 motion pictures. Air Bud is currently on tour promoting the upcoming book, "Go Buddy!" the Air Bud Story. Shows will be Saturday and Sunday at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. ** Jack will be available for book signing/autographs between each performance TRADES OF TRADITION VILLAGE Stop Shores Park and visit each of the following booths and check out the demonstrations on each of their trades. - Ohio History Center - experience the past with hands-on activities that include children's games and tools from ancient Ohioans. - Make Scents Candle Company - observe candle making demonstations and make your own candle to take home - Make Scents Candle Company - observe soap making demonstations and make your own soap to take home - Iron Mule Blacksmithing - watch a blacksmith at work - Nelsonville Emporium - check out creating wheel-thrown ceramic pieces on an electric pottery wheel demonstrations - The Ohio Glass Museum - glass bead making demonstrations - Tizzano Sculpture LLC - sculpting demonstrations - Columbus Wood Chippers - wood carving demonstrations - Quilting Demonstrations - various quilting technique demonstrations - Spirit Sculptures - wood carving demonstrations - Tandy Leather Factory - leather crafting demonstrations and hands on workshops - Scarecrow Making - help the Zoo prepare for Boo at the Zoo by assisting them in making a scarecrow - Animal Enrichment Paintings Sale - Buy some unique art created by animal artisits from the Zoo - Fifth Third Bank Booth - Official Bank of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium COUNTRY CHARACTER CARAVAN presented by Donatos Join your friends Polly Polar Bear, Patriot Eagle and the gang as they take the country style party to the streets in this musical celebration on wheels. Daily at 11:30 a.m. , 1:45 p.m. , 4:00 p.m. CHARACTER MEET & GREET presented by Donatos Get the chance to meet the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Character Ambassadors in the eEtry Village. Don't forget your camera! Daily at 10:30 a.m. , 12:30 p.m. , 2:45 p.m. ENTERTAINMENT Mike Cheatham Music begining at 10am saturday and sunday near Conservation Lake Hastily Assembled Bluegrass Band Music at Daily at 11:00 a.m. , 1:00 p.m. , 3:00 p.m in Shores Park ANIMALS ON SAFARI SHOW Don't miss the amazing antics of nearly 100 exotic, barnyard and domestic animals, including many dogs and cats adopted from area shelters. Daily at 4 p.m. ** Please arrive early for doors close promptly at showtime ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS VILLAGE Stop by Jungle Jack's Landing to visit animals up close and personal all day long. Meet some furry, feathery friends up close. If an animal presentation is more your style, be sure to see our shows at 11:00 a.m, 1:00 p.m, and 3:00 p.m. We will also be having Penguin Encounters at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. MY BARN AT HABITAT HOLLOW Stop by the Barn in Habitat Hollow and say hi to all our farm animals that call this place home. Also, don't miss the Cowboy Magician doing Lasso and magic tricks daily from 10am – 5pm MY HOUSE AT HABITAT HOLLOW While you are visiting the North America Region presented by Nationwide Insurance, be sure to visit the good folks at Habitat Hollow for even more fun. Experience the interactive story: "A Bear Prepares" at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. BOBBING FOR APPLES - ANIMAL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITY Watch the animals bob for apples (or the equivalent) as they take part in our fall festival. 10:30 a.m. Leopards Expedition Congo Sun Bears Asia Quest Bobcats North America 11:00 a.m. Tiger Quoll Australia and the Islands Fishing Cats Australia and the Islands Mandrills Expedition Congo River Otters North America 1:00 p.m. Tortoises Shores 2:00 p.m. Elephants Asia Quest Arctic Fox North America Bonobos Expedition Congo 3:30 p.m. Barn Animals North America Asian Otters Australia and the Islands *Schedule is subject to change KEEPER TALKS Don't miss the opportunity to hear first hand what it is like to care for these magnificent animals we have here at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 11:00 a.m. Bears North America Tigers Asia Quest 11:30 a.m. Koala Australia and the Islands 12:00 p.m. Orangutan Australia and the Islands 1:00 p.m. Reef Diver Shores Bears North America 1:30 p.m. Flying Fox Asia Quest Gorillas Expedition Congo 2:00 p.m. Bonobos Expedition Congo Elephants Asia Quest 2:30 p.m. Penguins Shores 3:30 p.m. Asian Otters Australia Islands *Schedule is subject to change RIDES AND ATTRACTIONS For just $8 per wristband, enjoy all the Zoo rides all day long. These wristbands will allow access to all the rides in the following Zoo regions: - Jungle Jack's Landing (including Stingray Bay) - North America (minus the Pony Rides) - Shores - Australia and the Islands *all rides are subject to mechanical and weather conditions FALL FEST SEEK-N-FIND presented by How To Train Your Dragon LIVE Spectacular Travel through the Zoo to learn more about teh world of dragons from "How to Train Your Dragon" and their friends and earn a chance to win fantastic Zoo prizes and even tickets to see How To Train Your Dragon LIVE Spectacular coming to the Schottenstein Center this October. SPECIALTY TREATS When looking for the perfect snack while you are at the event, check out our concessions with these specialty fall treats. - Pumpkin lattes and cappucinos at Village Coffee and Deli - Pumpkin fudge and ice cream at Ice Cream & Fudge - Kettlecorn in the Conservation Courtyard - Pumpkin flavored beer and hard cider at the Tunnel Cart and the Lakeside Cart - S'mores at various carts - Soup and Chili at the Congo River Market Food Court - Caramel and candy apples at various locations 2012 JACK HANNA"S PUMPKIN CARVING CHAMPIONSHIP 9 professional culinary artists will carve in this first of its kind, three-part competition. PART ONE: Carvers will display a pre-carved pumpkin while Zoo guests vote for their favorite pumpkin creation. PART TWO: On Saturday from 11am to 3pm, carvers will be asked to carve a single large pumpkin with a 3D Zoo themed style. PART THREE: On Sunday from 10am to 2pm, carvers will be asked to carve a single large pumpkin with no specific theme. Scores from all three events will be tallied and the overall points winner will be crowned champion of “The Jack Hanna Pumpkin Carving Championship”. All carving will take place around our conservation pond. Meet the Competitors: Titus Arensberg CC CIC
Hometown: Newark, Ohio
Favorite Animal: Sharks
Experience: Titus Arenberg has been carving ice and fruit professionally for six years. His passion is to carve pumpkins, which he has done for eight years. He started carving pumpkins for his daughters years ago which led him to where he is today.
2012 Ohio State Food Art Champion
His team won 1st place in the 2007 National Collegiate Ice Championships
At the 2008 National Collegiate Ice Championships he won 2nd place overall, 2nd place in the team event, and 4th place individual (out of 32 carvers). Trent Mason
Hometown: Reynoldsburg, OH
Favorite Animal: Shark
Experience: I have been carving for about 8 years. I started off doing mostly ice sculptures, but then slowly started doing pumpkins, fruit, and vegetable carvings. I have apprenticed for Rock on Ice and I’m now part of their carving team. Ice carving is my first passion, but I love the fall because I get to showcase my talents on pumpkins. My favorite is to cave 200-300 pound pumpkins because you can get really creative!
1st place in team competition at Collegiate Nationals Ice Carving Competition with Titus Arensburg. 4th place winner in the Taste of Elegance Pork Competition (Columbus, OH)
Member of the American Culinary Federation, certified Ice Carver, won 13 bronze medals in the first three years of carving!
Personal Statement: I received my degree in culinary arts from Columbus State Community College. I have been a chef for 9 years. I have worked at country clubs, universities, and fine dining restaurants. Such as, Wedgewood Country Club, Capital University, and Handke’s.
Hometown: Kiel, WI
Favorite Animal: Lion
Experience: I have been carving 3D Pumpkins for 12 years now. I started carving pumpkins as a student at Culinary School.
I have carved pumpkins on the White House Lawn for their annual Halloween event.
My pumpkin carvings have been featured on Food Network.
The largest pumpkin I have carved was around 650 lbs.
Personal Statement: I like to say I carve “Bio-degradable Art”; I carve pumpkins, ice, snow, sand, melons, and cheese. I don’t carve wood or stone because they last too long, and if I make a mistake I don’t want to see it over and over again! David A. Smith
Hometown: Charleston, WV
Favorite Animal: Loin
Experience: I have been carving for five years, everything from pumpkins, watermelons, squash, and cheese. I learned the art of carving in culinary school from Nicole Bennett, and from Rock on Ice. I am now able to complete, demo, and play with produce of all shapes and sizes to create new art.
Completed in dozens of events including the Ohio State Fair (5 years), as well as local farmers markets in the Tri-State.
Professional Ice Carver, earning a bronze or higher level medal in every amateur and professional event entered in my five years of carving. (over 17 medals)
Also, I specialize in illustration, painting, pyrography, graphic design, glass blowing, and sand carving.
Personal Statement: Thank you to Nicole Bennett for introducing me to fruit art and Rock on Ice for all their support. I’m honored to be considered for this pumpkin extravaganza. I hope to entertain and wow the audience. Thank you to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and everyone in attendance.
David A. Smith
Gus ‘Squashcarver’ Smithhisler
Hometown: Marengo, Ohio
Favorite Animal: Tiger
Experience: Gus started out growing giant pumpkins in 1997. It wasn’t until 2002 that Gus started carving them at the Indiana State Fair. He had his first experience with fruit and vegetable carving competitions in 2008 at the Logan Vegetable Carving Competition.
Gus’ greatest artistic accomplishment is sculpting fruit for the conservatory at Bellagio in Las Vegas (2007).
His favorite places to carve are at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Circleville Pumpkin Show.
He won 1st place in the professional division at the Heritage Day’s Food Art Competition in 2011.
Personal Statement: Gus grows giant squash, including most of those for today’s competition, with his growing partners Duke and Andrew Maston at their ‘Jurassic Patch’ in Morrow County. He is employed full-time as an Engineer with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He has one daughter, Bailey, who is his greatest achievement of all time.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Favorite Animal: Snow Leopard and King Cobra
Experience: Jim has been carving fruit for two years, last fall was his last year carving pumpkins. Jim has been an Executive Chef for 20 years and currently works at a college in western Pennsylvania. Jim attended a pumpkin carving class in Washington D.C. taught by Ray Villafane’s from the show Halloween Wars. Accolades/Accomplishments/Career Highlights:
Jim won an Iron Chef Competition in Boston, Massachusetts in 1994.
The first 3D pumpkin he carved was 180 lbs and won 1st place and titled “Mr. October” in an online pumpkin carving contest hosted by Greg Butauski (from the World Food Sculptors Association)
Jim carved a 750 lb pumpkin into a baby Jesus in a manger.
Personal Statement: “My first year of carving pumpkins was a learning experience and also very exciting. Hopefully I can defend my “Mr. October” title and this upcoming year will be just as eventful and fun.”
Stephen Koch Hometown: Yorktown, IN Favorite Animal: This space isn’t large enough to mention all my favorite animals! Experience: I have been carving since I was 11 years old, but the medium hasn’t changed throughout my life. When I would younger, I did small carvings out of balsa and bass wood. As I got older I moved to wire and soapstone. After attending Culinary School I started carving ice and fruit, which I have been doing for the past 11 years. Recently, I have tackled carving a 13’ tall, 119 year old red oak tree, multiple sand sculptures, and pumpkins! Carving in any medium involves the same special perception and similar skills though the tools vary a lot. Accolades/Accomplishments/Career Highlights: 5th at the National Ice Carving Association’s National Championships 2012
1st at the Inspired Ice, Yellowknife, NWT, Canada 2012 Competition.
Ran my first marathon in 5:03 minutes in 1998.
Personal Statement: “Stephan Koch owns Indiana Ice Studio, a full service ice sculpting company in Yorktown, Indiana. In Yorktown, he resides with his lovely wife Karen, his two Wirehaired Pointing Griffons (Gryffon and Gracie), and his two Satin rabbits (Bear and Licorice). Stephan is always looking to create a memorable visual experience with his art. Gabriel Vinas Hometown: Miami, FL Favorite Animal: did not answer Experience: I have been sculpting and carving figuring artwork from clays and waxes for a little over 4 years. Carving vegetable has been actually a relatively new venture for me, with just over a month of experience so far. Accolades/Accomplishments/Career Highlights: Internship Program, Program, Production/Creative Sculpting at General Motors 5/1/2012 through 8/31/2012.
Dozens of Gallery showings of my artwork in multiple states including Florida, New York, Colorado Springs, and Detroit, MI.
Full-Tuition Scholarship awarded from a merit-based competition for The College of Creative Studies in Detroit, MI.
Personal Statement: “I was born in Havana, Cuba, I am a Figurative Sculptor with an extensive knowledge in anatomy and structure. I also have experience as an Automotive Sculptor from my time with General Motors. My strong interest in biology drive my artistic process to explore and construct accurate anatomies of varying species.” Bruce Kotab Home Town: Dresden
Favorite Animal: likes all animals
Experience: I have been decorating my food displays with carved fruit , vegetables & ice for over 35 years.
Accolades/accomplishments/career highlights: Owning & operating restaurant / catering business with my wife & our 6 children
Personal Statement: "I am self-taught in food & ice sculptoring. My education came from trial & error. This Pumpkin Carving Technique is a welcomed new learning experience for me."
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