VIP Tickets are $50
These tickets get you in on Friday during Vendor Set-up at 2pm and also 2 1/2 hours early on Saturday and 1 hour early on Sunday.
Pet Stores get ONE free VIP ticket for each show and can purchase additional VIP tickets for $25 when accompanied by the Pet Store Staff. To purchase these tickets please just bring a copy of your Business License to the Vendor Check-In Area at the front doors.
*****Brick and Mortar Pets Stores ONLY........NO Internet or Non-Retail Pet Stores qualify for these tickets.
The changes to the list of Illinois State Threatened and Endangered Species proposed in 2008 are set to go into effect on Friday October 30, 2009.
The following herps will be added:
Smooth Softshell Turtle: Endangered
Ornate Box Turtle: Threatened
In addition, the Blanding's turtle will be elevated from threatened to endangered, and the eastern ribbon snake will be down-listed from endangered to threatened. If you have the three species that will be newly listed, or know people who do, now would be the time to apply for a permit to possess them. My understanding is that, in order to allow time to process new applications, there will be a short "grandfather period" between the time that the ad rules are adopted and when the law will be enforced...I do not know how long that "short" period will be, and best advice is don't procrastinate. Click here for permit application in fillable PDF form.