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A fawn is petted at the Great American Petting Farm. The petting farm is operated through the Great American Entertainment Co. (Photo Provided)

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PARKERSBURG — The Great American Petting Farm will roost at local Piggly Wiggly supermarkets Thursday and Friday.

The petting farm will be at Piggly Wiggly on Emerson Avenue on Thursday and at the Plum Street Piggly Wiggly on Friday.

Admission is any purchase for any amount at the grocery, Bob Corey, West Virginia Petting Farm tour coordinator for the Great American Entertainment Co., said.

“Spend 25 cents and you’ll get a ticket for admission,” he said.

The West Virginia tour of the Great American Petting Farm has been held each year for 31 years of the 36 years the Great American Entertainment Co. has provided the tour.

The Great American Entertainment was created in 1983 by David and Dianne Linderman, who were given a 5 acre wildlife park with 200 animals in Oregon. They had to find a way to support the park and 20 troubled teens under their care.

The Lindermans found the animals had a wonderful effect on the teens.

The Great American Petting Farm tours independent supermarkets in West Virginia.

Hours are noon to 7 p.m., rain or shine.

The animals freely roam in the petting farm. Participants join the animals and can pet and feed them.

Animals include llamas, wallabies, African pygmy goats, exotic sheep, Vietnamese potbellied pigs, bantam chickens, miniature call ducks, miniature deer and newborns.

“Our quest is to always bring the highest quality, educational, clean, beautifully presented, professional attractions to your event,” Dianne Linderman said. “Life is a story and ours will continue for as long as America allows us to share the love of animals, the need to keep agriculture alive and the inspiration to learn about farming and entrepreneurship.”

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