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Fossil Club of Lee County to hold ‘Fossilfest’ Saturday at Shell Factory

By Staff | Feb 20, 2019

This weekend’s event at the Shell Factory is literally millions of years in the making.

It’s “Fossilfest,” presented by the Fossil Club of Lee County. The 15th annual Fossil Festival will be this Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit the Shell Factory at 2787 N Tamiami Trail to learn about Florida’s pre-historic past, learn how to collect and identify local fossils and maybe even get to take home a piece of the past.

Pam Seigel, co-chair of the event, said this is the fifth year it has been held at the Shell Factory, with this year’s event being geared more for children.

“We have some real fossils as well as reproductions, and a lot of things for children to do. There will be a lot of books there and lots of hand-on things,” Geigel said. “It’s really going to be geared toward children. We want them to know about the fossils in Florida.”

Kids will get to do a fossil dig in a kiddie pool filled with sand and keep their discoveries. They also can do arts and crafts with a fossil theme, as well as go to Education Alley, where they can learn about paleontology. Children will also get to spin the wheel for prizes

There will be a lot for adult attendees as well. They can talk with the local experienced fossil hunters, shop and explore all that Florida’s past has to offer with more than 40 vendors selling fossil artwork and much more.

There will also be a silent auction and grand prize raffle.

“There’s going to be a lot going on. It will last all day and we hope for a great sunny day,” Seigel said. “Most of the event will be outside, though we may have a table inside where we pass out literature.”

Admission is free. For more information, visit www.fcolc.com