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Serpents in the Garden

The Los Angeles County Arboretum will display 30 Classic Shelby Cobras.

These snakes purr, rather than hiss. 

The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden will showcase 30 Classic Shelby Cobras — including five originals made between 1962 and 1967 — during a two-day exhibit Saturday and Sunday.

Unlike your average show, which displays vehicles in neat rows, each car featured in Serpents in the Garden will have a unique location within the Arboretum's 127 acres, creating a veritable "treasure hunt of Cobras."

"It'll be picture perfect," organizer Brittany Fabeck said. "Each (car) is going to have a 'picture' in the background, almost, with the Arboretum setting. It's just a great day to get out and about."

An Arboretum member who is also part of  group of local Cobra enthusiasts pitched the idea for the show, Fabeck said.

Budding Cobra enthusiasts are, of course, welcome. Serpents in the Garden will feature a scavenger hunt, among other car and snake-themed children’s activities.

The first 250 kids to complete the scavenger hunt on each day of the event will receive a Hot Wheels toy.

Here's What You Need to Know if You Go:

  • When: Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7.
  • Time: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden at 301 North Baldwin Ave.
  • Admission: $3-$8. Arboretum members get in free.

Visit the Arboretum's Web site for more information.

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