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Children unearth surprises at Fossil Fest

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Thomas Marok of Toledo Rock & Gem helps Sylvania resident Kaiden Levine, 5, search for fossils.

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Adults and children alike took part in this year’s Fossil Fest, discovering creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fossil Fest in Sylvania

Trilobites, the state fossil of Ohio, and other fossils were discovered on Sunday in a mound of shale brought in by Hanson Aggregates Midwest.

The large scoop of earth came from a nearby quarry, and it had been untouched in terms of removing fossils, said Joy Armstrong, director of the Sylvania Historical Village, which hosts the fest annually.

Curious excavators dug through the mound to find lumps in the dirt that were fossils, then brought them over to a cleaning station. Geologists from Hanson and the University of Toledo were on hand to identify each organism.

Around noon, children participated in a Dino-Fun Run, which had children ages 8 and under run once around the village's parking lot, 5717 Main St., and ages 8 to 10, twice around the lot. Ribbons were given out to first, second, and third place.

Imagination Station was also at the event, with some creative activities.

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