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Thousands attend Belton dinosaur exhibit

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Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2014 4:30 am

BELTON — Discover the Dinosaurs boasted a swarm of children and more than 40 moving and replica dinosaurs Saturday at the Bell County Expo Center.

The show continues from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.

Kids young and old pushed buttons to make some of the animatronic dinosaurs move, breathe and roar.

They touched the static and moving dinosaur replicas throughout the exhibit, which filled the expo arena. They had their pictures made while posing before the beasts or riding on them.

They got their faces dinosaur-painted. They went through a dinosaur bouncy house.

They filled in dinosaur coloring sheets. They bought toy dinosaurs and dinosaur T-shirts.

They went on a dinosaur fact scavenger hunt, and learned, for example, which dinosaur’s name means “terrible claw.” Is it the deinonychus, the stegosaurus or the parasaurolophus?

That’s easy, once you know the term “dinosaur,” coined by a 19th century anatomist, which comes from the Greek word “deinos” meaning great or terrible and “sauros,” meaning lizard.

How long was a full grown allosaurus?

Was it 5 feet, 106 feet or 28 feet? To an imaginative child, this could be pertinent information.

What if they were transported into Jurassic Park and found themselves on the other side of a chasm from one of these creatures?

Cindy Seal, of Killeen, working as an attendant, said she collected a lot of the scavenger hunt forms. She let the children spin for small prizes.

T.J. Davis, of Troy, said her two sons, Gabriel, 6, and Jacob, 5, did OK in the scavenger hunt. She was accompanied by her mother and dad, Bea and Bill Davis, also of Troy. She said the boys loved the show.

Derek and Candice Gibson of Lorena, brought their 5-month-old daughter, Sadie, and her sister, Sierra, 5, who also was waiting for one of the rides.

There were no age restrictions, but a child had to be shorter than 60 inches and at least 32 inches tall.

An attendant buckled each one up and remained close by.

The dinosaurs moved, squirmed a bit, and swayed back and forth.

The children held onto the hand-holds and looked around.

“The dinosaurs are very lifelike,” Candice Gibson said.

There was no shortage of these replica dinosaurs, moving their heads about, showing their teeth and roaring.

There were brachosaurus, stegosaurus, pterodactyl and more.

Dan and Julie Ingham of Waco brought their son, Greyson, 2. “He loves it,” his dad said. “He’s having a good time.”

Dan Ingham said it was their first time to drive down to the show.

“We’re just enjoying walking around and soaking it all in.”

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