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Tony Boxer, from California, looks over stacks of containers with spiders and other arachnids at last year’s American Tarantula Society annual convention. The convention draws the attention of spider enthusiasts from across the world. This year, the 13th Annual Conference of the American Tarantula Society will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 21-24 at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Road. Attendees can view a multitude of the eight-legged wonders, such as the Mexican red knee tarantula, which is popular as a pet. Admission is $70 for adults, $30 for teens, and free for kids under 12 with an adult who is registered for the full conference. In addition, admittance is free to the Spider Mall on Saturday, July 23. For details, call 780-986-7680 or visit www.atshq.org.

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