The Tyrannosaurus rex roared and flashed its strong, sharp teeth as its giant clawed foot rested on an unsuspecting but bloodied corythosaurus.
“He has blood dripping down his mouth and teeth!” said an incredulous Max Morris, 6, of Healdsburg, as the animatronic dinosaur towered a good 15 feet above him. “Is that how big they really are?”
Morris and his mom, Erin, were among thousands of people expected to attend “Return of the Dinosaurs,” a traveling exhibit that roared its way onto the Sonoma County Fairgrounds for the weekend.
“He didn't even want to come, but he's enthralled,” Erin Morris said.
The exhibit, which has been making the rounds in Northern California, will continue to travel around the country for the next few months, said Dan Arnold, co-owner and president of Jurassic Quest, which put on the show.
It featured more than 50 life-sized dinosaurs that moved, roared and squawked next to displays that educated children and adults about their vital stats.
The bloody T-rex scene didn't faze 12-year old Taylor Talcott of Sebastopol, who attended the show with her mother.
“It's nice how they show what they preyed on and how they sounded, and how they would move,” Talcott said.
At a simulated archaeological dig in giant sandboxes, little ones brushed sand away from big, fake bones and skeletons.
Others blew off steam bouncing around in inflatable dinosaurs and huts.
“I did so much flips in there,” said Miguel Grimaldi, 12 of Petaluma, who had sweat beads sprinkling his face.
A long line of children waited to “ride” stationary dinosaurs which swayed and rocked in place, while someone in a very realistic dinosaur costume wandered around catching people off-guard.