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Jurassic Quest exhibit wows Victoria crowd

By Ismael Perez
Jan. 21, 2017 at midnight

Tuff McClain, 23, shows Rodolfo Baladez, 7, of Victoria, how to ride a dinosaur during Jurassic Quest at the Victoria Community Center on Friday.

Tuff McClain, 23, shows Rodolfo Baladez, 7, of Victoria, how to ride a dinosaur during Jurassic Quest at the Victoria Community Center on Friday.   Barclay Fernandez for The Victoria Advocate

Roars filled the room as people walked through a safari-like exhibit set 65 million years ago.

Jurassic Quest, a traveling dinosaur exhibit, arrived Friday and will be in the Crossroads through Sunday at the Victoria Community Center.

Omar Morquecho, 38, and his son, Julian, 8, traveled from San Antonio to attend the event.

"My wife found an ad on one of her social media (accounts), and it was dinosaurs." Morquecho said. "We found this place, and it is blowing our expectations at this point."

The show is an educational exhibit where people can interact with realistic animatronic dinosaurs and learn fun facts at the same time.

Morquecho said he thought the exhibit was a great idea and opportunity for family entertainment.

"I've been walking around with my little brother looking at all the different exhibits," Julian said. "It just looks awesome because of how big they are and how much work you put into it to make it roar."

Children had the opportunity to interact by walking small dinosaurs and viewing bigger moving and roaring dinosaurs while learning from each station they visited.

Nicole Lavene, 25, media representative and store manager at Jurassic Quest, said people enjoy the education aspect of the exhibit.

"People enjoy Jurassic Quest because it's about dinosaurs," she said. "And dinosaurs have been a mystery to humans forever, and I believe people have always been and will always be interested in learning about dinosaurs."

The exhibit was in Victoria last year.

Lavene said they had a great turnout last year and are expecting a few thousand people to attend this weekend.

"We would love everybody to come out and have fun with us at Jurassic Quest," she said.


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