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Nativity: 'Live at the zoo'

RICHMOND, Va. — Again this year, the Richmond Virginia Chesterfield and Midlothian stakes have presented "Miracle of Christmas — Live at the Zoo," one of metro Richmond's more popular Christmas attractions.

The stakes, in conjunction with several other faiths and local professional performers, have built bridges in the community by uniting to portray the birth of Christ, and offer seasonal music to the general public. Scores of volunteers gave time and talents to make this pageant available at no charge. More than 6,000 people attend annually.

Three TV stations interviewed zoo director Jim Andelin — with his newborn lambs.

"Public awareness is increasing," said Carol Gill, Miracle of Christmas publicity chairman. "People are familiar with the pageant and are calling for information and marking their calendars. Several local newspapers even called to get information on this year's event."

This year's performances took place on Dec. 21-23 with people of different faiths as cast members, performers, or volunteers. Music was provided from the congregations of six local faiths.

Camels, sheep and donkeys from the zoo were featured in the program, to the delight of families who visited.