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Brad's World Reptiles will return to the festival with alligator in tow

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Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2008 10:00 pm

The ever-popular Brad's World Reptiles returns to the Grape Festival this year with creepy crawly creatures that are up close and personal.

Owner Brad Tylman has a variety of exhibits available, but Grape Festival organizers went with "Creature Feature," an exhibit that has proven popularity.

"Oh, they bring a ton of stuff," Grape Festival director Mark Armstrong said. "What makes it is the hands-on (part)."

Tylman enjoys showing his audience that people need not be afraid of reptiles.

Some of the animals scheduled for exhibit include an alligator, rattlesnakes, lizards, frogs, parrots and tarantulas. The animals slated for exhibit are subject to change. Visitors will be allowed to touch some of the creatures.

Brad's World Reptiles, based in Corvallis, Ore., can be found up and down the West Coast. The San Joaquin Fair in Stockton had the exhibit in June, and the creepy creatures were found at the California, Nevada and Oregon state fairs in August, fairs in Fresno, Auburn, Mariposa and Santa Cruz, and virtually every county fair in Oregon and many in Washington.

During his shows, Tylman often holds a small snake in one hand and a $100 bill in the other. Anybody who can suggest a safer animal for a child to hold in their hands earns the $100.

He has yet to give away any money.

For more information on the exhibit, visit

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