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Dinosaur Days to celebrate Cretaceous beasts, fundraise for Fruita museum

Caitlin Row


WHAT: Dinosaur Days

WHERE: Fruita’s Dinosaur Journey Museum

WHEN: Friday & Saturday, Sept. 6-7

INFO: www.museumofwesternco.org

Stomp back in time with Fruita’s 26th annual Dinosaur Days, an entertaining fundraiser set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7.

This dino-focused celebration kicks off Friday with the Feast of Skulls from 6-10 p.m. at the Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita. The interactive dinner and exhibit is catered by Cowboy and the Rose; tickets include food and drinks, and it costs $75 per person, $130 for a couple, and $600 for a group of 10. Advanced registration is required.

“This will be an exciting, edgy, experiential evening,” Museum of Western Colorado Executive Director Peter Booth said. “People very used to Dinosaur Journey will probably not even recognize it. It should be quite exciting.”

According to Booth, “the name ‘Feast of Skulls,’ comes from the paleontological tradition of celebrating whenever a team locates a dinosaur skull, which are really rare. Because of that, it was a natural name to attach to this particular event as we celebrate the success of Dinosaur Journey, but also the larger Museum of Western Colorado,” of which it’s a part.

Then on Saturday, an all-day celebration starts with the Fruitadens 5K Family Fun Run, which will start at Dinosaur Journey and head into a nearby park area at 8 a.m. Pre-registration costs $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and under). Same-day registration jumps to $30 for adults and $20 for children (12 and under).

After the run, the Dinosaur Days Expedition Quest will go from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum with “activities for young and old alike,” a news release said. “Enjoy the Jurassic Labyrinth, T-Rex Styling Salon, Dino Dig Spectacular, Rockslide Bump ‘n Jump and many more activities.” Admission for this event is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under; that’s less than regular museum admission, folks!

“The funds raised at the event will directly help advance the educational and exhibit efforts of the Museum of Western Colorado,” Booth said. “We don’t have a set monetary goal; more importantly, we are looking to generate interest and cultivate longtime friends who are interested in the museum’s mission in the community.”

For more information about Dinosaur Days or to register for an event, visit http://www.museumofwesternco.org.

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