Reptile & Exotics Expo is coming to town on Saturday
LIMA — The BRM Lima Reptile & Exotics Expo creeps into town and begins jumping there from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Howard Johnson by Wyndham.
Sellers and other exotic animal lovers will set up shop at 1920, avenue Roschman. Tickets are $5 each for ages 12 and up.
Angel Johnson, who has worked with reptiles for two decades, said the main aim of the exhibit was to be a family event.
“Before I started to organize the event in Lima in 2021, I had thought: ‘There must be something better and more enjoyable,'” Johnson explained. because women weren’t taken seriously at similar events.”
Two years ago, she recruited Richard Stevenson, with whom she owned a pet store. Johnson had previously worked in Findlay and Fremont.
She said it was important to develop a bond of trust with exhibit vendors, which is one of the reasons Johnson and Stevenson help many attendees unload and set up.
“When you know your vendors and trust yourself, the audience notices and can relate more to the event,” Johnson said.
Around 40-50 tables are expected, along with a variety of curiosities, insects, dead reptiles and hands-on training.
Attendees can stock up on food and pet supplies; get their money’s worth by observing and interacting with geckos, dragons, bald pythons, bugs and rodents.
“We want people to do it right,” she said, noting that there was no time limit. “You can leave for a while and come back.”
Other events in the area include:
Artspace/Lima Juried Photography Exposure: 10am-5pm Friday and Saturday at ArtSpace/Lima, 65-67 Town Square. Free entry.
Annual room breakfast: From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Friday at the Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center, #7 Town Square, Lima. Cost and additional details can be found at limachamber.com. Contact: 419-222-6045.
Night Guard at Lima Civic Center: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center, #7 Town Square, Lima.
Fundraising dinner for Tim Betts: 2-6 p.m. Saturday at the Lafayette-Jackson Fire Department, 215 E. Sugar Street, Lafayette. Admission is $10 per meal. Dinner includes barbecue shredded pork sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, and potato chips. This is a take out dinner only. All proceeds will be donated to Tim Betts’ family to help cover medical costs.
Just for the kids Winter Exploration: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Ottawa Metro Park, 2632 Ada Road, Lima. Free entry. Provided there is enough snow, join us at the Ottawa Metro Park Toboggan Run for some outdoor fun. Please bring your own sleds. A cup of steaming hot chocolate will help keep you warm. If there is no snow, we will hike the trails to look for signs of wildlife. Be sure to dress for the weather.
Allen County Museum Annual Meeting: 2 p.m. Sunday at the Allen County Museum, 620 W. Market, Lima. Free entry. The meeting will take place in the Changer Gallery of the museum. Guest speaker Mark Billingsley will present a PowerPoint presentation featuring Benjamin Carl Faurot. Benjamin Faurot’s visionary spirit led Billingsley to seek out one of Lima’s most influential businessmen and entrepreneurs whose success spanned the 1870s through the 1880s. He will discuss Faurot’s global and local accomplishments , addressing his rise from poverty to wealth. The presentation will also address Faurot’s financial demise.
This ocellated uromastyx, otherwise known as the spiny-tailed lizard, was alert and ready to go home with someone at a previous BRM Exotic Expo in Lima.