The 22nd annual America’s Family Pet Expo will return to the Orange County Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17. The expo provides a weekend of entertainment for Southern California residents with animal performances, stage shows, shopping and the chance to interact with nearly 100 breeds of dogs, cats, birds, fish, llamas, reptiles, pigs, rats, mice, rabbits and exotic animals to hold, learn about and adopt.
New to the 2011 show is the Aquatic Experience, an innovative exhibit of 1,000 gallons filled with fish from different regions of the world. Dozens of freshwater fish, saltwater fish and live plants will be donated by Segrest Farms, the world’s largest wholesale, ornamental fish distributor.
Scheduled performances include:
JUMP! The Ultimate Dog Show. Dogs perform in an action-packed show featuring stunts choreographed to upbeat music.
Medieval Times Horse Show. Audiences can travel back to the Middle Ages and root for their favorite knight and his noble horse as they compete.
Splash Dogs. Dock-diving dogs leap through the air and create a big splash as they land in the pool.
Joe Krathwohl’s Free Flight Bird Show. Las Vegas entertainer “The Birdman’s” array of exotic birds, basketball-playing Cockatoos and a juggling Blue and Gold Macaw.
America’s Family Pet Expo donates hundreds of booth spaces to local pet rescues and shelters for onsite pet adoptions. Last year’s show was responsible for the adoption of 668 animals. VCA Animal Hospitals, pet adoption sponsor, will support the onsite shelter/rescue organizations’ efforts to ensure each adoptee has a healthy start by offering a certificate for a free first exam at one of its hospitals.
America’s Family Pet Expo is presented by the World Pet Association (WPA), a 60-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet care.
The OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. Event hours are 10am to 6pm Friday, 10am to 7pm Saturday, and 10am to 6pm Sunday.
General admission is $12, seniors 60 and over are $10. Children 6 to 12 are $6. Youth 5 years and under are free. Active Military with a valid ID get in free. General parking is $5. General-admission tickets may be purchased at a $2 discount at PetExpoOC.org.