Myrtle Beach, S.C. — Ocean Lakes Family Campground, located along the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach, S.C., will host the 27th Annual South Carolina Fossil Fair Saturday, Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. This marks the 10th consecutive year that this event has been held at Ocean Lakes Family Campground.
Presented by the South Carolina Fossil Association, the fossil fair 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. Guests can also see fossil and shell collections from various parts of the world.
Hands-on activities have continued to grow in popularity at the fossil fair. Learn how to recover fossils with the aid of Smithsonian experts at a mock dig site. Dig for shark teeth through materials from the PCS Phosphate Mine in Aurora, N.C. Participants can make necklaces with the teeth they find and add beads. All materials will be supplied. Guests can also tour the Ocean Lakes’ Nature Center Discovery Lab, featuring more than 10,000 shells and fossils, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“This is a great opportunity to speak with collectors and learn more about this educational hobby,” said Barb Krumm, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Ocean Lakes Family Campground. “The Fossil Fair seems to get more popular each year, especially with Scout troops and school students of all ages.”
Ocean Lakes Family Campground was awarded the title of 2008-2009 National “RV Park of the Year” by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, and is the largest campground on the East Coast. It is one of the largest in the United States with over 310 acres of campsites and beach house rentals.
For more information about Ocean Lakes Family Campground call 1-877-510-1774, visit www.oceanlakes.com. For rental property information, call 1-800-845-2229.
About Ocean Lakes Family Campground
Ocean Lakes Family Campground, a division of The Jackson Companies, is the largest campground on the East Coast and one of the largest in the United States. Located in Myrtle Beach, S.C., it has received numerous awards for excellence. In 2010, it received the Earth Day Award from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for its iCare Program. It is the 2008-2009 National “RV Park of the Year” and has received that honor from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) four times. In 2006, Ocean Lakes received the prestigious South Carolina Governor’s Cup for making a significant economic impact on South Carolina. Ocean Lakes covers 310 oceanfront acres with nearly one mile of beachfront. It offers 3,447 sites — 893 of which are large and pull-through to accommodate larger RVs. It was built by Mary Emily and Nelson Jackson and their five daughters, starting in 1970. It opened with 30 campsites and one bathhouse in 1971. On an average seasonal day, Ocean Lakes has 25,000 – 30,000 guests enjoying the countless amenities that have made it a local favorite and a national vacation destination. It currently holds a 9.5/9/9 ranking out of 10/10/10 from the Trailer Life Directory for its overall operation, recreational offerings, services and appearance.
Ocean Lakes Family Campground is a division of The Jackson Companies, a family-owned enterprise that includes Prestwick Golf & Country Club, Ocean Lakes Properties, Crystal Lake Mobile Home Village, Ocean Lakes RV Center, and the master-planned development SayeBrook.Research Campgrounds, Plan RV Safe Routes & Turn your phone into an RV GPS.
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