Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Springtime Petstravaganza: Family Pet Expo at the OC Fair & Event Center | @OCFair #GIVEAWAY

While I usually talk about my two-legged kids, my four legged kids are never far behind in our adventures.  In my house, we have 1 dog, 2 cats and 3 fish.  However, in the past, I have had turtles, birds, rats, hamsters, crawdads, sugar-gliders, snakes and more!

Being a temporarily-retired animal keeper/animal trainer, I have been exposed to many different animals with different needs.  Where can the average family find the right products to take care of our furry families? 

Once a year, the Pet Expo visits the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa.  This year, it will be on April 25th - 27th.  

It’s the “Bow Wow Wow” and Cat’s Meow for your favorite furry, scaled or feathered friend.

Celebrating 25 years, this “spet-acular” event boasts a menagerie of animals including cats, dogs, miniature horses, birds, and exotic reptiles, all on display providing show guests the opportunity to experience these animals in a variety of different ways.

  • Interactive exhibits
  • Educational shows and demonstrations
  • The latest in pet trends and products for sale
Tickets are on sale now at www.PetExpoOC.org. AFPE kindly reminds guests that the event is for humans only, pets are not allowed at the Expo.
“As our 25th year in Southern California, we’re very proud to continue this tradition of providing exciting, family entertainment while promoting responsible pet care,” said Doug Poindexter, President of the World Pet Association, producers of the America’s Family Pet

 “Every year the show grows in scope and size, from new product launches, educational seminars to our ever-popular animal adoptions, the Expo has become the ultimate destination for anything pet-related.”

Extreme Canines Dog Stunt Show,” is a high energy, fur-flying show with stunt dogs soaring for Frisbees, high jump flying through the air, jump roping, and running through obstacle courses. Executive producer Chris Perondi’s show is not to be missed. 

Repticon will offer guests the opportunity to touch and hold snakes, lizards, spiders , and dozens of other exotic reptiles and amphibians through hands-on demonstrations and exhibits.

Dog Training with Renee. Renee Jones comes from Alabama to teach show guests how to train their four-legged friends basic and complex commands. She is a renowned Certified Professional Dog Trainer – “Knowledge Assessed,” and her Southern flair is a winning combination with canines and owners.

Splash Dogs take to the dock, offering a wet-and-wild canine competition as participating pups compete for the longest jump into the pool! 

Who will win the title of Weiner Dog Race Champion? Throughout the weekend guests can watch the Wiener Dog Races as they race to the finish line. The Dachshund traces its roots to Germany over 300 years ago, where they were bred to hunt badgers. These puppies may be petite, but with enthusiasm and encouragement, pick your favorite dog and root them onto victory. This exciting event is presented by Old World Wiener Nationals Dachshund Races.

Interested in how canines are used to protect our communities? At the Police and Protection Dog Demonstrations watch and learn how these K9 Officers and their pup-partners work and play while gaining a deeper appreciation for these canine protectors in our community.

The TICA Cat Show & Presentations allows you to learn about the many breeds of cats and their unique personalities. Do you like to fly with a different crowd? Be amazed while magnificent birds fly when The Birdman of Las Vegas soars into the Expo with a brand-new show.

The Great American Petting Zoo offers several different animals for kids to touch, brush and feed. 

  • Tucker’s Pony Rides
  • Human Hamster Wheel and Scooter the Mini Horse are some of the attractions and activities kids will love!  
  • Tickled Pink Face Painting so the little ones can “become” their favorite animal.

At the Kid’s Aquarium Contest, each participant receives a 10 gallon aquarium, heater, filter and water and the kids add their own fish and unique decorations. The aquariums will be on display throughout the Expo and are judged according to age group and three categories: Natural and Creative. Every participant is ultimately a winner because after the Expo, each child can bring home their creation. Children are encouraged to sign up for participation in next year’s Kid’s Aquarium Contest. School age kids, 5 to 16 years old are encouraged to participate.

Pet Adoptions will be handled on site for those looking to add a furry member to their family. There will be hundreds of animals hoping to find their “furever home” from local community partner organizations at the Expo.

General Admission $13.00; seniors 60 and over, $11.00. Children 6-12, $8.00. 5 yrs and under, free. Active and retired military free with ID. 

Show hours: Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-6pm. OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626. Parking is $7. Kindly leave all pets at home. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.PetExpoOC.org.

The America’s Family Pet Expo is created, produced and managed by World Pet Association, Inc., a 60-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet care. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of AFPE.


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Thousands of animals, pet products, four-legged entertainment all weekend long

**Please Do Not Bring Your Pets***


  1. I don't have a pet yet, but want a dog in the near future,

    Debnmike moretti

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