It’s a big weekend for animal fans in the Harrisburg area.
The National Pet Expo takes place 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the PA Farm Show Complex (North Entrance), 2301 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, PA.
The show includes pet care and training seminars and demonstrations by experts, including Victoria Stilwell of Animal Planet’s TV show, “It’s Me or the Dog”; family-friendly pet entertainment and interactive entertainment for kids; Extreme Reptiles; Keystone DockDogs competition; John Lege, “That Guy with the Birds”; ad Classic K-9 Show; Lehigh Valley Cat Club TICA All-Breed Cat show; a rabbit-hopping exhibition and clinic; and lots of vendors.
Bring your dog and try agility “fun runs” offered at various times on both days by the Classic K-9 Show. Receive an all-day “fun run” pass with your donation benefiting Canine Cancer Foundation.
The event also includes a National Pets Got Talent show, which offers $500 in cash and prizes and is free to enter. It’s open to any pet species; bring your pet and show off his or her talent. To register for the talent show, or for tickets or details on the pet expo, visit www.nationalpetexpo.com.
Tickets to National Pet Expo are $10 for adults, $5 for 6- to 12-year-olds and free for children younger than 6. A service fee of $1 is charged for tickets costing $10 or less; $1.50 for tickets costing more than $10. The Farm Show Complex charges a parking fee of $8 per vehicle per day.
Please note: The Horse World Expo taking place on the same days at the same location will include cowboy mounted shooting demonstrations at certain times, so if you’re bringing your pet to the National Pet Expo and they’re frightened or stressed by loud noises such as gunshots, you should check the schedule to make sure you’re not there during the shooting demonstrations. The two events are in separate areas of the building, but animals’ hearing is much better than our own and I’m guessing they’ll be able to hear the gunshots.
The Horse World Expo is taking place Thursday, Feb., through Sunday, March 2, at the PA Farm Show Complex. It includes a consumer trade show, educational seminars, mounted demonstrations, a Trail Champions Challenge, stars of Thoroughbred Makeover, carriage racing, cowboy mounted shooting and breed demonstrations.
Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets to Horse World Expo are $12 for adults, $6 for 6- to 12-year-olds and free for children younger than 6. A service fee of $1 is charged for tickets costing $10 or less; $1.50 for tickets costing more than $10. The Farm Show Complex charges a parking fee of $8 per vehicle per day.
For details or tickets, visit www.horseworldexpo.com.
A discounted ticket price is available if you’re attending both the National Pet Expo and Horse World Expo. No pets are permitted at the Horse World Expo, so if you were planning on bringing your pet to the National Pet Expo and then stopping by the Horse World Expo, that won’t work. You’ll need to take your pet home before visiting Horse World Expo, or visit the two events on separate days.
Theatre Equus, A Musical Equine Revue, will take place Feb. 28 and March 1. Separate admission ticket is required for Theatre Equus, and pets are not allowed.
Tickets for Theatre Equus cost $26, $20, $18 or $14, plus a ticket service fee of $1.50 per ticket for tickets costing $20 or less and $2 per ticket for tickets costing more than $20.
For details or tickets, visit www.horseworldexpo.com/PAtheatre.shtml.