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Pavilion Spotlight: here comes Sue!

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She stands 17 feet tall and 42 feet long, and she's way too big for the Washington Pavilion's Science Center.

"We are ripping the ceiling out of the Washington Pavilion's fourth floor Science Center, and we're ripping it out because there's an enormous dinosaur coming," said Vice President of Operations John Loos.

The original dinosaur named Sue roamed the earth 67 million years ago. Her remains were discovered by Sue Hendrickson in the summer of 1990 near Faith.

"Excited because she's the largest, most complete, best preserved T-Rex ever found in the world, and she's from right here in South Dakota," said the Director of the Kirby Science Center, Erica Lacy.

A replica of the South Dakota dino will be traveling to the Pavilion in September. Because of her mammoth size, it will take six weeks for the Pavilion to prepare for her. The ceiling is the biggest hang up.

"We're raising it to 17 feet, and then we're going to spray paint the walls and ceiling black so you don't even know it's gone," said Loos.

"We can already see the progress that's being made upstairs with the renovation," said Lacey. "Our team is getting trained and up to speed on everything to do with Sue the T-Rex."

A film documenting Sue's life will run during the exhibit at the Wells Fargo cinedome.

Keep an eye on www.washingtonpavilion.org for the very latest on Sue!

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