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Ocean Lakes to Host South Carolina Fossil Fair Oct. 29

October 17, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Campers look for shells at Ocean Lakes Family Campground.

Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Lakes Family Campground will host the 28th Annual South Carolina Fossil Fair on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. This marks the 11th consecutive year that this event has been held at Ocean Lakes Family Campground, according to a news release.

The Fossil Fair, which is presented by the South Carolina Fossil Association, features museum specialists from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History’s Department of Paleobiology, who will be on hand to identify fossils brought by participants.

The fossil and shell collections come from all over the world and will include shark teeth, prehistortic bones and fossilized shells. Attendees can learn how to recover fossils with the aid of Smithsonian experts at a mock archeological dig site at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. They can dig for shark teeth through materials from the PCS Phosphate Mine from Aurora, N.C. Activities include making necklaces with sharks teeth, green eco crafts, educational videos and assembling giant fossil puzzles. Scout troops and school groups are encouraged to attend.

Fossil displays line tables at Ocean Lakes.

“We’re thrilled to again host the Annual Fossil Fair and draw in fossil enthusiasts from all over the state and region,” said Barb Krumm, director of marketing and public relations for Ocean Lakes Family Campground. “The wide variety of fossils showcased and the hands-on experience for visitors has made this an increasingly popular event for families and students.”

Area fossil collectors who are interested in displaying their collections at the fair may contact the Ocean Lakes Marketing Department at (843) 828-4833.

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