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Shell Factory to host special Father’s Day event

June 11, 2014
Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Shell Factory is offering an old-fashioned cookout and day of family fun this Father's Day.

Dad can even find out what the names of the two new "residents" of the nature park are going to be.

The Father's Day Cookout will take place on Sunday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is another of the many family oriented events the Shell Factory is holding this summer.

After the success of the Memorial Day cookout - which included the grand opening of the Soaring Eagle zip line - marketing director Rick Tupper said he is confident a Father's Day cookout will also be a big draw.

"We ran out of food on Memorial Day, so it was better than anticipated. We will continue to do these family events," Tupper said. "It's what we're about now."

And who could complain about the results. May was an extremely profitable month during a time that's usually pretty dead, Tupper said.

Among the many activities dad and the gang can enjoy include a special cookout menu, a free round of miniature golf for dads, free admission to the nature park for dads, a free draft beer, well drink or fountain soda for dads, a special family fun park package and 20 percent of all items in the Shell Factory's men's store.

The zip line also will be open. Early returns have been very positive, with more than 1,000 tickets sold for the $8.50 ride.

One of the features of the event will be the 2 p.m. announcement of the names of the male and female marmosets.

More than 200 people have submitted names for the animals, with the winner receiving a $200 Shell Factory gift certificate.

The Shell Factory did a similar contest last year with the lemurs, who were named Boris and Natasha of Rocky & Bullwinkle fame.

Among the things customers can expect to see in the near future include a renovation of the miniature golf course, with new plants and greens.

There also will be a fossil awareness event on June 29, where the fossil club will hold a dig for the kids and other surprises.

In 2014, attendance is up, with profits also up 11 percent from last year, Tupper said.



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