Monday, June 2, 2008

Animal Planet and Comcast Invite Burlington Residents and Their Pets to Join in Free Fun when ANIMAL PLANET EXPO Rolls Into Town Saturday June 21 at C

Animal Planet and Comcast Invite Burlington Residents and Their Pets to Join in Free Fun when ANIMAL PLANET EXPO Rolls Into Town Saturday June 21 at Champlain Valley Exposition

A Free Event with Interactive Exhibits and Games Offers Excitement for
the Whole Family, Including the Furry Companions! -

BURLINGTON, Vt., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Animal lovers of all ages have
been flocking to ANIMAL PLANET EXPO, now in its 11th year, to celebrate and
support the connection between people and animals. The award winning
traveling summer tour has entertained, educated and inspired over one
million people; stopping in cities all across the country and this year is
no different! Animal Planet and Comcast, plus national sponsors the makers
of Fresh Step(R) litter and Purina(R) and local sponsor Small Dog
Electronics invite everyone in the family, including the family pet, to
explore the wonder of wildlife, celebrate the important role animals play
on this planet and to enjoy the experience that is ANIMAL PLANET EXPO.
ANIMAL PLANET EXPO comes to the Burlington area on Saturday June 21, from
10 AM to 4 PM at Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl Street, Essex
Junction, VT 05453.

"Comcast is thrilled to bring the ANIMAL PLANET EXPO to the Champlain
Valley Exposition for area animal lovers to enjoy a fun-filled safari
experience in their own backyard," said Dan Blakeman, Vice President of
Comcast in Vermont. "Comcast is focused on delivering entertainment and
connecting people to what's important in their lives. We look forward to
welcoming thousands to this family-oriented event."

This year's EXPO will showcase exciting new attractions like the 30
foot long inflatable "King Croc" slide, all the while promoting animal

ANIMAL PLANET EXPO enchants and entertains people nationwide, featuring
such spectacular attractions as fur-raising stunts from high-flying Frisbee
dogs, breathtaking exotic live animal presentations, and twists on classic
games such as Pin the Tail on the Puppy and Plink-o. Held in the center of
the venue, Frisbee dog show times are 11 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM and 3:30 PM,
but make sure to get there early to participate in the Planet Green Frisbee
toss! Also held in the center of the grounds are live exotic animal
presentations on the R.O.A.R. Stage, bringing some of the world's most
striking animals, including pythons, vultures, and kinkajous, will take
place at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1 PM and 2:30 PM.

Making its debut at this year's ANIMAL PLANET EXPO is Planet Green
Experience, an engaging eco-friendly exhibit designed to inspire better
living for people and animals. Planet Green Experience will bring to life
the mission of the first and only 24-hour eco-lifestyle network, Planet
Green, through an interactive trivia game and by showing Expo guests just
how fun going green can be by letting them take an eco-photo or hopping on
an eco-bike for a ride. Planet Green Experience seeks to educate and inform
people about the power of being part of a movement that will have a lasting
and powerful impact on the future of the planet. In the Planet Green
Experience are several eco-friendly elements including the geodesic dome,
solar-powered fans and aluminum fencing. Planet Green Experience is
sponsored by Saturn and SC Johnson.

New to this year's EXPO, are some pet-friendly features so Fido can
join in on the fun too! Take some time to play with your furry friends at
the Purina(R) Dog Park full of fun activities for dogs of all kinds.

ANIMAL PLANET EXPO is bringing back R.O.A.R. with a new twist. This
summer EXPO invites all guests to R.O.A.R. for Saving the Planet, a simple
yet effective way for event attendees to show their support and help be a
spokesperson for the well being of animals and our planet. R.O.A.R. is
Animal Planet's nonprofit animal advocacy partnership with leading animal
organizations that encourages people to Reach Out, Act, and Respond in
helping to make the world a better place for animals. Promises can be as
simple as putting aside time everyday to play with the family pet,
promoting conservation, or supporting a favorite wildlife foundation. Also
back by popular demand is the impressive R.O.A.R. Stage boasting a 16'x19'
LCD video screen giving all event attendees the chance to watch anything
and everything going on at EXPO no matter where they are on the grounds.

Also returning to this year's tour is the Pet Den, a wonderland of
information sponsored by the makers of Fresh Step(R) litter. The makers of
Fresh Step(R) litter and Animal Rescue League of Boston will provide pet
adoption opportunities and helpful information on how to find the perfect
pet for your family in addition to hosting "Ask the Vet" sessions, where
pet owners can meet one-on-one with local veterinarian to ask pet-related

Another not-to-be-missed attraction at this year's EXPO is the HD Dome
giving visitors the opportunity to experience firsthand the clarity of
high-definition programming from Discovery's family of HD networks
including Discovery Channel HD, TLC HD, Animal Planet HD, Science Channel
HD, Planet Green HD and HD Theater.

Other activity pavilions to go wild for at ANIMAL PLANET EXPO include
the following:

-- Animal House -- Get to know even more live animals, while animal
experts introduce exotic species from around the world.
-- Safari Snaps -- Download the ultimate digital photo of you with a
virtual version of Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin and Dave Salmoni.
-- Bug House -- Find out what all the buzz is about. Discover the world
of bugs and butterflies, and check out the incredible life-size ant
-- Kids' Zone -- Transform your kids into animals with wildlife face
painting, try the "Happy Gator" obstacle course, or brave a new
addition to this year's EXPO, "King Croc", an inflatable crocodile
slide that is over 30 feet long.
-- Heroes of Animal Planet -- Protect your pet just as the stars of ANIMAL
PRECINCT do by creating your own personalized pet tag.
-- Connection Zone -- Spin the wheel or toss a bean bag for prizes, as
well as experience the latest products and take advantage of special
offers from Comcast.
-- Spider Mountain -- Climb to new heights on one of EXPO's most popular
attractions, the 20 foot high eco-friendly attraction is one of a kind.
-- Pet Misters and Watering Holes -- Let your pets "chill out" and quench
their thirst on a hot day at the Pet Misters and Watering Holes
provided by

Comcast will also be on-site to provide valuable information about
their most innovative new products available to consumers.

Check your local listings for Animal Planet on Comcast. Go to to find more
information on ANIMAL PLANET EXPO.

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