2016 Busch Gardens getting ready for the Wine & Food Festival

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On Thursday, March 3rd final preparations were being made for the upcoming Wine and Food Festival starting on Saturday.  The bird enclosure still was closed and the skyride wasn’t open either.  The meerkats are still “on vacation”.

But there was still lots to do.  We went on the train ride and got to see the baby Rhino up close, zebras and long horn beats.  Then we stopped to see the Hippo swimming in the open view aquarium.

Different flowers were in bloom including a red cactus.

An Ibis, also visiting decided he wouldn’t leave until I took his closeup picture showing his beautiful blue eye.

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The highlight of the day was Chubby Checker.  A great performer, musician and entertainer.  We danced the twist on stage with Chubby Checker and managed to check “on stage with a famous entertainer” off of our bucket list.