b"EventsDebbie Dolittle's Petting ZooIt was a bunch of goats that broughtkept the name. After she died (in 2017), together Donny Miller and DebbieI changed it back to honor her, said Penwell. Miller, who said he almost shut down Each handled their own clearingthe business after Debbie died because company using natures best land- he didnt think he could continue. clearing machinesgoats. They metI was literally done. I wasnt going through seeing each others ads onto do it. Then, this older lady in Home Craigslist for their goat services. TheyDepot, shes a firefighter, she walked up struck up a friendship and eventuallyto me and said, Can I hug you? I had went into business together and thatno idea who she was. She said, I go to spun into a petting zoo.your place (zoo) to relieve stress, I just That zoo was born after a churchwant to thank you for what you do. That friend asked if Debbie could bring herchanged it for me. goats to a childrens birthday party andNot only did he keep the business, he Debbie said, why not? Debbie Dolit- expanded it. tles, a traveling petting zoo for birthdayHe incorporated a photo of DebbieSpecial thanks to theparties and events such as Fifes Harvestinto the company logo and the zoo Festival, was born. staff members, which include DebbiesCity of Fife HarvestEventually Miller and Penwell startedfamily members, wear pink shirts inFestival title sponsor,adding different animals. A friend experi- honor of her.enced with exotic animals hooked themNow that the petting zoo is in aPuget Sound Energyonto camels and that eventually grew tostationary location, Miller said he rarely more exotic animals, such as wallabies,takes the animals on the road. The maras and capybaras.Fife Harvest Festival is a rare excep- SCHEDULEThey took the animals on the road,tion. Miller sets up a petting zoo withParade:10:30 a.m. to11 a.m.but they found themselves struggling ina variety of animals. In the past, MillerMayors Welcome:11 a.m. the winter when business was slow. Thathas brought sheep, goats, tortoises and led to the idea of an indoor year-roundmaras. Those are crowd favorites, heFREE FOOD AND BEVERAGESpetting zoo in Parkland. They named itsaid. However, the animals he bringsApple Squeeze:10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.Jozee Rooz Indoor Petting Zoo instead ofdepends on the weather, so its tough(or until supplies run out) Debbie Dolittles. She wanted a wholeto predict what hell bring to this yearsFree Council Corn: different name to start fresh, saidfestival. No matter the weather, he will11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donny Miller.bring camels and ponies for free rides,Free hot dogs:11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Then Debbie got sick with breastso look for the petting zoo, camel and cancer. A year into it, after we openedpony rides on the main thoroughfare ofFOOD FOR SALE/FOOD EVENTSthe petting zoo, she said, I should havethe Harvest Festival. Food Trucks: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. to11:30 a.m. (inside Dacca Barn)A giant tortoise was one of many animals that visited from Debbie Dolittles PettingFREE KIDS ACTIVITIESZoo at past Harvest Festivals.All activities will run from10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tractor Hay MazeFace Painters Hay Pile Balloon ArtHay RideSquash Bowling Petting ZooInflatable Toys Pony RidesWestern Village Hoppin' Horses ATTRACTIONSFife History Museum: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.LIVE ENTERTAINMENTCossacks Motorcycle Performance:11:10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Glitterbug Show: 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.Bubbleman Show: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.Live music: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.8 |FifeMagazine | Fall/Winter 2019"