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Fall festival helps raise money for endangered elephants

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HUGO, OK-- A Texoma fall festival is not only giving local families something fun to do this season, but it's also helping volunteers care for large endangered animals.

"It was cool! I like the elephants," Hugo first grader Landon said.

"They said an elephant never forgets, but what they don't tell you is you never forget an elephant." This is a quote the Endangered Ark Foundation in Hugo shares with its visitors including Debbie Gregston's first grade class.

"My favorite part is of course the elephants. I love to see the elephants, I love to teach my children about different animals," first grade teacher Debbie Gregston teacher said.

The foundation is a non-profit that helps keep endangered Asian elephants alive, and it gives circus elephants a place to retire. In order to care for these big animals organizers hold events like these to help raise money.

This year organizers said they've seen fewer people come out to the fall fest, so they’re encouraging more people to visit the foundation.

"The elephants you know, they're big animals. And they eat a lot, so we do this to help support and get them through winter and stuff like that," volunteer Kelsey Winship said.

After learning about the Asian elephants, first graders had some time to play on the hay palace and jump houses.

"The best thing I like is the pillow cause it's so bouncy,” Landon said.

“The best thing I like is the big inflatable," first grader Adisynn said.

And even their teachers joined in on the fun.

"I do everything that the kids do. I will be on that, they call it the pillow I call it wild world of danger," Gregston said.

The pumpkin festival will continue until the end of this month. And a new addition called the haunted trails will be open to guests starting the night of October 27th at 8:30.

For more information about the haunted trails or the foundation click here.