WANT TO GO?
WHAT: West Virginia International Auto Show
WHERE: Charleston Civic Center
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 25 and 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan 26
HOW MUCH: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children ages 7 to 12, free for children ages 6 and under
MORE INFO:www.WestVirginiaAutoShow.comCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The newest feature at the 2013 West Virginia International Auto Show is made entirely of recycled auto parts. It plays music, flashes lights, is sponsored by Ford and can be enjoyed by all ages.
But it isn't an automobile.
King Robota is an 8-foot robot that walks, talks and performs.
And it is "mesmerizing," said DeeDee Taft, spokeswoman for the auto show.
"You should come just to see King Robota. This is crazy and cool," Taft said. "It looks like a transformer. He talks, interacts with guests and poses with photos with them. You'll be at the auto show and all of a sudden it will come out and blast this music."
Organizers have tried to bring King Robota to the West Virginia International Auto Show for years, said Ruth Lemmon, president of the West Virginia Automobile & Truck Dealers Association, the show's chief organizer.
The auto show is scheduled to run Jan. 25 through 27 at the Charleston Civic Center. King Robota will perform for auto show attendees between noon and 7 p.m., Saturday and noon and 5 p.m., Sunday.
As a true robot, King Robota doesn't have a human being inside him, but he does have assistants walking along with him, Taft said.
The robot has showed its futuristic, hi-tech talents at other auto shows, corporate events, fairs and festivals worldwide.
Bringing King Robota to the auto show is another way to welcome everyone, provide entertainment and educate attendees, Lemmon said.
Also making its first appearance at the auto show in the state's capital this year is the Sony a77 Studio. The interactive green screen technology -- powered by Amazon.com -- puts adults and kids behind the wheels of the world's fastest sports cars.
Families can smile wide as their picture is taken "sitting" in a Lamborghini, Maserati or Ferrari. The picture is then emailed to them so they can have a fun, appropriately themed digital keepsake, Lemmon said.