FARMINGTON -- It may look like a yak, or possibly an Angora goat. But the shaggy-haired animal coming to the Davis County Fair this year is actually a Scottish Highlander calf, which, because of its pleasant disposition and the fact it hasn't had time to grow its long horns, children will be allowed to pet.
On Tuesday, the Davis County Commission approved a $4,200 contract to make Noah's Ark Petting Zoo, of Platteville, Colo., one of the many attractions offered at the 2011 Davis County Fair, set for Aug. 17-20.
The petting zoo will offer access to such animals as a camel, a llama and the Scottish Highlander calf, County Commissioner Bret Millburn said.
Noah's Ark Petting Zoo owner Gloria Lincoln made note of the breed's long, shaggy hair often leading people to mistake it for other animals.
The traveling petting zoo, featured at the Salt Lake County Fair in 2010, will also offer a 50-pound tortoise for the children to pet, Lincoln said.
What sets Noah's Ark apart from other petting zoos is that it is an educational, hands-on zoo that allows its animals to roam free within a contained area, rather than holding the animals in separate cages, Lincoln said.
The zoo also provides benches within the petting area for adults who just want to sit and rest while their children or grandchildren enjoy petting the animals, she said.
The zoo is just one of many unique attractions being offered at this year's fair.
The county has also booked for the fair a Texas rattlesnake handler who hails from New York state.
In addition to the petting zoo contract, the commission on Tuesday approved a contract allowing fair organizers to advertise the 2011 fair on Utah Transit Authority bus billboards.
In 2010, the fair advertised on bus billboards and the FrontRunner commuter rail line, Davis County Fair Coordinator Megan Hatch said.
This year, she said, the county will not be using the billboards with the FrontRunner rail line.