The papier mache elephant that had pieces of its head chewed off by a real bear back in July is now fully recovered.
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The 110-pound elephant is the work of Ed and Nancy Harrington who constructed it for an upcoming Harvest Party at the Christian Life Center in Pollock Pines. The elephant, along with a papier mache giraffe, were standing outside the Harrington home, minding their own business, when the bear attacked the “meaty” elephant, leaving the “skinnier” giraffe alone.
Since the attack, the Harringtons and other church volunteers have repaired the elephant and it’s now as good as new. It’s so well constructed, in fact, that it can support the weight of a small adult.
The Harringtons also added a large orange striped tiger to their menagerie. All three are made of plywood, 2×4’s, chicken wire, and newspaper. The animals are part of the decorations for a circus themed Harvest Party.
Josh Reeve, the pastor of the church, said a church building will be decorated to look like the inside of a circus tent. The event will include all kinds of carnival games, balloons, prizes, clowns, candy galore, a hay ride shaped like an elephant, and free food and drinks for the family.
A number of local businesses have contributed gift certificates for the event including Knotty Pine Bowling Alley, In and Out Burger, Apple Hill, and others. Reeve said the focus of the event is children up to sixth grade, but everyone is welcomed. Last year they had 150 children attend plus another 50 to 100 adults. “Participants are encouraged to come in costume,” said Reeve, “for a safe and sane Halloween event.”
The event will be held Oct. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Christian Life Center, 5723 Pony Express Trail, in Pollock Pines. For more information, call 530-644-1307 or visit their Website at clcpollockpines.com.
And no one need worry about a repeat attack, for the animals are all now safely locked up in the church.
Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or [email protected] Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.