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Posted: Friday, November 5, 2010 2:14 pm | Updated: 1:36 am, Mon Nov 15, 2010.

This weekend is the last hurrah at the Arizona State Fair — and it’s also your chance to catch a rare visit from prehistoric beasts.

In its first U.S. tour, “Days of the Dinosaur” exhibit features 30 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, interactive areas and hands-on activities including a fossil dig.

Ruth Rappaport, spokeswoman for the exhibit answers some questions about the all-ages attraction.

Q: What do guests see, hear or feel when they enter “Days of the Dinosaur”?

A: The minute a guest enters the exhibit they are transported back to  a world that existed between 250-65 million years ago to the Mesozoic Era which encompasses the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.  The dinosaurs move, breathe and roar, just like they would have back then.

Q: How big is the exhibition?

A: The exhibit is 20,000 square feet and consists of 30 state of the art animatronic dinosaurs, an interactive area with a 3D movie, a sand pit for kids to dig for dinosaur fossils, a computer area where they can sign up to be a member of Club Dino.  They can also ride a baby dinosaur or have their picture taken hatching from a dinosaur egg or posing with a baby T Rex.

Q: How many types of dinos are represented?

A: We have representations of various carnivorous and herbivorous dinosaurs including Tyrannosaurus Rex, Gigantasaurus, Apatosaurus, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Velocoraptor, Spinosaurus, to name a few.

Q: How large/tall is the biggest, and what type is it? The smallest? 

A: The biggest is a Brachiosaurus, which is by the main fair entrance since it was too tall for the exhibit.  The largest in the exhibit is a Tyrannosaurus Rex and the smallest is a Microraptor.

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