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Children and parents swarm the mound of rocks looking for fossils during Fossil Fest on Sunday at Sylvania Historical Village.

The Blade/Amy E. Voigt
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People were digging into an annual event Sunday in Sylvania as Sylvania Historic Village hosted its annual Fossil Fest, featuring truckloads of newly dug shale filled with fossils donated by Hanson Aggregates Midwest.

Piles of shale were mounded in the parking lot ready for participants to search through. The free family event was held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PHOTO GALLERY: Sylvania Fossil Fest

Washing stations were set up around the mound to clean the fossil finds. Local geologists were on hand to help with fossil identification and answer questions.

In addition, the Toledo Gem and Rockhound Club's members were on hand with displays and demonstrations. This year the Imagination Station took part in the activity and display area.

A Dino-Egg Hunt area for children 5 and under was set up in the Sister City Garden, and a game area was set up with carnival type games for small children.

While visiting Fossil Fest families were welcome to tour the Sylvania Historic Village buildings and the Heritage Museum which is featuring "Toast and Tea," a display of vintage toasters and a tea pot collection.

Fossil Fest sponsors included the City of Sylvania, Hanson Aggregates, Edward Jones Sylvania Area Financial Advisors, ProMedica, Sylvania Advantage, City Paper, Toledo Memorial Park, Reeb Funeral Home, Sylvania Area Federal Credit Union, Kingston of Sylvania, and Anderson's Market.

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