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October 17th, 2019

dino trailA vendor at a fair feeds a hot dog to Danger the T-Rex, one of the popular parts of the Dino Trails event coming to this year’s Five State Fair. Courtesy photoROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times


Dinosaurs have been extinct for ages, but seemingly, fascination with the prehistoric creature continues to grow as time passes.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, children and adults alike will have a chance to have an encounter locally with some replicas of the animals at this year’s Seward County Five State Fair.

Upon retiring from the military, David Stewart and his family founded Animal Alley Productions (AAP) in New York State in the 1990s, and in 2017, AAP acquired Dinosaur Junction, which was rebranded into the Dino Trail of today with all new displays and brand new hidden leg dinosaurs.

Five State Fair Board Treasurer Rosa Conley said Dino Trail will be bringing, among other things, a 20 feet by 30 feet tent with a dinosaur display to Liberal this week.

“We’re going to have dinosaur skeletons,” she said. “There’s also going to be a fossil dig. The children can come, walk through, look at all the dinosaur displays and dig for fossils. What they’re going to dig for is a shark tooth, and they’re able to take it and keep it.”

All of the Dino Trail entertainment will be provided free of charge, and it will run from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Saturday nights at the fairgrounds. Conley said there is a bonus for those who come to the event.

“Throughout the day, three times a day, Danger the T-Rex, a six-foot animatronic dinosaur, will be walking around the fairgrounds,” she said. “People will be able to stop, take pictures and interact with him.”

Conley said the exciting audience interactive presentations are geared to the entire audience and are fun-based and educational.

“It’ll be educational and something they can walk through as many times as they like,” she said.

This is the first year Dino Trail has been part of the Five State Fair, and Liberal is just one of  many locations Conley said the fun comes to throughout the country.

Stewart has a background of more than 20 years of law enforcement, EMS, protection of environment and wildlife and educating the public on the environment and wildlife with the U.S. government, Department of Interior, National Park Service and other agencies.

He is also a retired member of the Army and Army National Guard for more than 23 years, being deployed to various locations, one of which was Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001, for  nearly 10 months.

He has also served as a youth leader, camp staff and scout leader and has years of working with youth through schools and youth organizations developing his technique and teaching skills.

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