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24th Annual South Carolina Fossil Fair presented by the South Carolina Fossil Association and Ocean Lakes Family Campground

Open to the Public: FREE Admission, FREE Fossil Identification, AND FREE Fossil Hunt!

October, 2007

MEDIA CONTACT: Barb Krumm, Director of Marketing and Public Relations (Ocean Lakes), please call (843) 828-4829 or (843) 457-0601 cell, or via email at

WHEN:  Saturday, October 27, 2007 – 9 AM until 3 PM.

WHERE:  Ocean Lakes Family Campground’s Recreation Building, 6001 South Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC 29575  (only 160 feet from the Atlantic Ocean)

A great opportunity to speak with experts from the Smithsonian, collectors and to learn about this educational hobby.


* Experts will be on hand from the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Natural History for free identification of your fossils! Museum Specialists from the Department of Paleobiology include Robert W. Purdy, Museum Specialist, Fossil Fish; David J. Bohaska, Museum Specialist, Fossil Whales; Frederick V. Grady, Museum Specialist, Pleistocene Mammals, and (tentatively schedule to attend):  Matt Carrano, Dinosaur Specialist and Mark Uhen, Whale Specialist from the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Natural History.

*  Many fossil collections will be on display by members of the Myrtle Beach Fossil Club,  and more.  The fossil displays will include shark teeth, whalebones, sand dollars, horse teeth and other fossils from this area.  Collections will also include fossils from the South Carolina Lowcountry area, North Carolina and Florida.

*Shell collections will also be on display at Ocean Lakes Nature Center Discovery Lab.  Tour the lab with our Curator, Leonard Raker, to see more than 10,000 shells and fossils.

* Learn how to recover fossils from the field with Smithsonian experts at our mock dig site on the beachfront at 11 AM and 2 PM.
*  Visitors will have the opportunity to hunt for sharks’ teeth in material from the PCS Phosphate Mine and then create your own shark’s tooth necklace!

TO DISPLAY:  Collectors interested in displaying at this year’s show please contact Kris Ziegler or Barb Krumm at (843) 828-4833 or email:

LODGING AVAILABLE: Call Ocean Lakes for reservations and to reserve a campsite by dialing 1-800-722-1451, and no need for a hotel, rent on of our 300 rental houses, dial 1-800-845-2229.