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America's Family Pet Expo comes to Orange County this weekend

Tyson the Skateboarding Bulldog

For Southern California pet lovers, this weekend's America's Family Pet Expo at the Orange County Fairgrounds promises to be a treat.  The event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, bills itself as the world's largest pet and pet product exposition and has been held annually for 20 years. 

Demonstrations, vendors, adoptable pets and just-for-fun guests like Tyson the skateboarding bulldog and the Splash Dogs will all be on hand.  And fanciers of just about any pet species you can think of will be represented: dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, fish, llamas, guinea pigs and hamsters.  (Check the event's website for a full schedule of events.)

The Family Pet Expo, as its name suggests, caters to children as well as adults; kids' activities include pony rides, an aquarium decorating contest and a petting zoo.  Cost is $12 for general admission, $10 for adults over age 60 and $6 for children aged 6-12.  Children 5 and younger enter free.  Pets are asked to stay home.

The Orange County Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa.  For more information, call (800) 999-7295.

--Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Tyson, skateboarding bulldog extraordinaire, performs at the Huntington Beach Fourth of July parade. Credit: Megan Spelman / For the Los Angeles Times.

 
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