Fathers and families flock to zoo for annual car show

Published On: Jun 15 2014 02:23:39 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 15 2014 09:54:34 PM CDT

Hundreds of area fathers enjoyed at day at the Sedgwick County Zoo free of charge.

In honor of Father's Day on Sunday, the zoo hosted its annual Father's Day Car Show and allowed fathers free entrance into the zoo as long as they were accompanied by one person paying admission.

Some 140 classic cars were parked along paths inside the zoo, giving spectators a unique chance to check out the cars and the animals.

"The dads love coming out to see the cars, the kids love to see the animals and the moms love it because they kind of get a little bit of a break. So, we really enjoy having it here," said development assistant for the zoo, Emma Koehn. "It's kind of a unique experience to go to the zoo and see the cars all in the same day."

Even some of the animals recognized the significance of the day, especially one orangutan father and son duo. They could be seen playing and wrestling with each other on Sunday, a type of playful behavior not often seen between father and child orangutans in the wild.

"We've introduced dad to mom and baby and he's a great dad," said zookeeper Devin Bailey. "This is the first infant that he's ever been around and he's done amazing."

In 2013, about 7,000 people visited the zoo for the annual car show. This is the 20th year for the event.