Kelowna to host huge life-size dinosaurs as part of festival | iINFOnews


Jurassic Fest stops in Kelowna.

Image Credit: FACEBOOK / Jurassic Fest Canada

05 November 2021 – 7:30 a.m.

The central Okanagan takes a step back, 201.3 million years to be exact, to see large, scaly creatures that once roamed the earth.

The Jurassic Festival will be held February 4-6 in Kelowna, featuring an array of life-size dinosaurs in a passing setup.

“The phenomenal dinosaur exhibit will provide visitors with a unique Jurassic tour experience. A unique opportunity to get closer and come face to face with various gigantic prehistoric creatures on the move to see their teeth, see them blink, swing their tails and hear their majestic roar, ”according to the event’s message from Jurassic Fest Canada, which hosts the event.

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Fossil excavations, a play area for family dinosaur-related activities and obstacle castles will also be on site.

Tickets will be available once the location of the venue has been announced. They will be available in a limited capacity, so Jurassic Fest encourages residents to purchase theirs in advance as tickets will not be available at the door.

However, the company behind the event is not without controversy.

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In Montreal, it was sold by its promoter as a “week-long, fascinating and world-class outdoor dinosaur exhibit, featuring over 20 life-size robotic and animatronic dinosaurs,” according to a report by The Canadian Press. . But less than a week after a parent purchased the non-refundable tickets on July 22, the Australian company promoting the event announced that the venue that was to host the show was pulling out, leaving parents worried that the show be a scam.

Australian media have reported accusations the company has falsely reported on dinosaur-themed and other events in this country since 2019.

However, David Huni, the South African promoter of The Dino Expo, the organizer of the Canadian shows, told The Canadian Press at the time that parents had nothing to worry about. Rumors on social media that called his event a scam, he said, were part of a backhand ploy from his competitors.

Huni told that the Montreal event has since been postponed due to COVID-19 until next year, and people can access their tickets through their online account and through their email. they gave the correct address. He also said tickets are refundable for the Quebec City event, but most people have decided to keep their tickets.

The tickets were listed as non-refundable due to so-called “Facebook bullies” accusing them of a scam that resulted in too much administration for the company.

Dinosaur exhibits were also held in Edmonton and Calgary this year, he said.

“We have four dinosaur trucks that will be in Canada over the next three to four years,” he said, adding that he had gone to college to recreate dinosaurs at the right size and that he worked with a paleontologist and artists around the world to accurately recreate realistic characters.

He said dinosaur exhibits are popular in South Africa and Australia, but operating during the pandemic has been difficult.

“We’re so excited, we want to come to your city, we’ve seen people react and that’s what makes the dinosaur exhibit so successful,” he said.

Those who want more information can contact the company on their website here. The festival is also scheduled for Vancouver, February 10-13. The company also has a Facebook page here.

Early bird tickets are: $ 15 for children, $ 18 for seniors and $ 22 for adults if booked by December 10 and $ 17.50 for children, $ 21.50 for seniors and 26 $ for adults thereafter until January 21. Standard admission tickets are $ 20 for children, $ 25 for seniors. and $ 30 for adults.

– With files from The Canadian Press.

– This story was updated on November 5, 2021 at 10:35 a.m. to include information on allegations of fraud.

– This story was updated on November 5, 2021 at 3:32 p.m. to include comment from David Huni.

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