Elmwood Park Zoo goes a little bit country

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The giraffes were having fun too at last year's Country Fest. (Courtesy of Elmwood Park Zoo)

You don’t have to live deep in bluegrass country to be a country music lover. Even here in the Philadelphia area, a country twang gets our motors running. For some down home country fun, put on your cowboy hat and head to the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown for 92.5 XTU Country Fest Friday, Aug. 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Line up for some country dancing with 92.5 XTU, who will be broadcasting live from the zoo with Andie Summers as well as David Duong and Matt Spitko, who will give live performances. Spitko is an emerging artist who will have his first album, “The Light” out this fall.

For you more daring types, go a little buck wild with the mechanical bull. Show your western toughness by seeing how long you can stay in the saddle. If John Travolta can do it in Urban Cowboy, then so can you.

There will be a lot of family fun at this shindig as well. Your kids will enjoy the petting barn and for a little extra money they can feed the giraffes. Tickets cost $9 a person, $7 a child and $5 for zoo members. Certain things like cookout food, soft drinks, alcohol and the giraffe feedings will be an additional fee.