IMPERIALâ€”Â Dinosaurs came to life at the Imperial Valley Expo fairgrounds this weekend with the animatronic dinosaurs of Jurassic Quest.Â Calexico resident Maggie Romero just had to bring her five year old daughter Sophia.
â€œSheâ€™s huge on dinosaurs and I had to bring her here,â€ said Romero.
Jurassic Quest is the largest traveling animatronic dinosaur show in North America.Â The show got its start three years ago with a vision to bring dinosaurs to life and since then has grown considerably with tours all over the United States two cities at a time.Â Within a year the show will have been in at least 47 cities in the U.S.
The fairgrounds were filled with close to 50 dinosaurs that towered over peopleâ€™s heads and moved, blinked, and roared at them in exhibit.Â The larger exhibit had educational
information on every dinosaur on display from the recognizable Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus to some not so well known.
Children are able to participate in hands on activities such as fossil digs, fossil casting, and interactions with walking and baby dinosaurs.Â Other activities included rides on some of the smaller animatronic dinosaurs, dino jumps, and green screen pictures.
â€œThe owners loved dinosaurs and wanted to bring that love to life,â€ said media representative Nicole Lavene.
The many happy smiles of both children and adults at the event agree this was an idea that needed to happen.
â€œIt was awesome, really, really, awesome!â€ said an excited six year old Kaiya Nunez after getting off the dinosaur ride.
Isabel Ornelas and her sister have love dinosaurs since â€œJurassic Parkâ€ was first released and were more than excited to bring their children to the fairgrounds.
â€œItâ€™s just a fascination with them,â€ said Ornelas about the dinosaurs, â€œWe wish this could be here every year.
â€œBringing it down here was a great thing,â€ said Steven Norwood from El Centro, â€œWe donâ€™t have a lot of events for the kids here in the valley.â€