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Nillumbik Pet Expo 2014

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Pet lovers unite at the annual Nillumbik Pet Expo to be held on Sunday 26 October. Before you cease to read on because you think Nillumbik is located in Timbuktu, I will let you know that Nillumbik is actually the name of the council and the Pet Expo will be held at a big oval in Diamond Creek, which is only about 40mins from the CBD.

The Nillumbik Pet Expo is the council's baby, it aims to promote responsible pet ownership and the services and activities relating to pets in the municipality and beyond.
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It is one of Council's largest and longest-running events, attracting over 5,000 people every year. Last year I attended and got to experience the fun first hand. Now in its 18th consecutive year the expo offers a range of displays, competitions and entertainment for adults, children, and your pets. There are tonnes of beautiful dogs and other pets to gawk at, last year I discovered the GROODLE (Golden Retriever x Poodle) and fell in love with the giant curled haired bear.

The event will be held outside at Marngrook Oval so let's hope the sun is shining again this year! The area will come alive with displays and demonstrations from a range of exhibitors including vets, clubs, businesses and government agencies. There will be miniature horse events, a farmyard nursery, snake handling displays and lure coursing.

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Enter your pet in one of the Nillumbik Pet Expo Competitions to win prizes. Bring your pet on the day and enter in one of these categories:

* Best dressed or groomed Pet
* Best trick
* Golden oldie
* Best rescue dog story
* Best pet and owner look a-like
* New in 2014

I can't wait to see who wins the Best Pet and Owner Look-a-like.

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Source: Lynn Terry Photography

Family favourite entertainment will return this year like pony rides, face painting, reptile displays and an opportunity to meet and chat to Council's rangers. However, this year the council promise the Pet Expo to be bigger and better, with new attractions including:

* Doggie dress-ups at the free photo booths (umm, yes!)
* An animal farm twice as big as any year before
* A butterfly enclosure (A butterfly enclosure? Like at the Royal Melbourne Zoo? Amazing!)

Looks like this year's pet expo will delight everyone, bring your dog, your children, your grandparents, your partner, this expo will be fun for everyone into animals.
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Why? Best Free Pet Expo Near Melbourne
When: 10am - 4pm, Sunday 26 October
Where: Marngrook Oval, 28 Main Hurstbridge Road, Diamond Creek
Cost: Free entry
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