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New York Power Authority to Play Host to Wildlife Festival on September 20

Ann Cianfrocco

September 19, 2008

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will play host to its annual Wildlife Festival at the Utica Zoo on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will feature more than 200 animals, including exotic species from all over the world, with various presentations throughout the day. A gift and free admission will be available to the first 1,000 visitors and parking will be free for everyone.

Highlights of this yearís festival include appearances by five-time Northeast Chainsaw Champion Mark Tyoe, who will demonstrate his skills throughout the day, and Smiley the Clown. Personalities from BIG FROG 104 radio will also participate.

WHAT:     NYPA Wildlife Festival

DATE:      Saturday, Sept. 20

TIME:       10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 PLACE:   Utica Zoo
                On 99 Steele Hill Road

CONTACT: Ann Cianfrocco, community relations specialist at the NYPA Fredrick R. Clark Energy Center, 315-792-8335

About NYPA:

■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nationís largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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