Category Archives: Aurora

FOSSIL FESTIVAL Set for May 25 & 26 in Aurora. See Section B for lineup!

Suspense builds for mega-celebrations! AURORA — There are actually two celebrations planned for Memorial Day weekend — the 25th Year of the Fossil Festival and the 40th Birthday of the Fossil Museum. The museum’s executive director is Cindy Crane. She is a lovely young woman, but you’d never know it from the this photo where she exhibits a menacing stare behind a MASSIVE shark tooth. The amazing fossilized tooth is from the giant white shark C. megalodon, estimated to have been 58 feet long! This valuable relic, donated by Mark Bennett, was discovered years ago in t…

Fossil Festival faces EXTINCTION — financial support needed!

What do you mean? Isn’t the Fossil Festival free?!?   (File) By Genny Groome Upton AURORA — Held annually since 1994, the Aurora Fossil Festival presented by the Aurora-Richland Township Chamber of Commerce, is indeed a FREE-admission event for the town’s people, the greater community, and the general public.  For the past 25 years, this festival has focused on the area’s amazing fossil history, filling a late May weekend with family-oriented activities, entertainment, and educational opportunities. However this year, the much-anticipated event is facing the sam…

Fossil Festival faces EXTINCTION — financial support needed!

What do you mean? Isn’t the Fossil Festival free?!?   (File) By Genny Groome Upton AURORA — Held annually since 1994, the Aurora Fossil Festival presented by the Aurora-Richland Township Chamber of Commerce, is indeed a FREE-admission event for the town’s people, the greater community, and the general public.  For the past 25 years, this festival has focused on the area’s amazing fossil history, filling a late May weekend with family-oriented activities, entertainment, and educational opportunities. However this year, the much-anticipated event is facing the sam…

PotashCorp-Aurora seeks qualified candidates at upcoming Career Fair

PotashCorp-Aurora Employee Center AURORA — PotashCorp-Aurora will hold a Career Fair on Saturday, September 30th at the Employee Center. The company will interview candidates, including women, minorities and Veterans to fill open positions and enroll in apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs. The September 30th event will be open for Veterans only from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and open to all job seekers, including Veterans, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Prior to attending the Career Fair,applicants must visit their local NCWorks Career Center to fill out a PotashCor…

24th Anniversary Aurora Fossil Festival Schedule

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Spirited bidding for ancient artifacts starts at 3 p.m. Saturday

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Saturday lineup includes snappy, fun ‘lectures’

“The Cookiecutter Shark, Isistius: The Real Cookie Monster” Saturday, 10 am – Learning Center of Aurora Fossil Museum Victor Perez, Jr. started collecting fossil shark teeth when he was six years old. The curiosity and intrigue that came from collecting fossils led him to pursue a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences with a minor in Science Education. Victor is currently three years into his degree program and his dissertation research focuses on fossil sharks of Panama. His research interests are broad and allow him to practice many different fields of study, such as biology, che…

Trish Kohler: Our ‘Fossil Master’ for 2017

AURORA — The Aurora Fossil Festival Committee takes great pleasure in announcing that Trish Kohler is this year’s ‘Fossil Master’ – our chief dignitary for the 2017 Aurora Fossil Festival. For those who know Trish, her pleasant, curious demeanor is only one component of a person who has spent nearly a lifetime searching for and discovering relics of the past. Trish began collecting fossils while growing up in Florida and eventually amassed a collection from her walks along the Florida shoreline. Over the years, she would search for fossils while scuba diving — with on…

Kids’ Tent new feature at 2017 Fossil Festival

AURORA – This Memorial Day Weekend, there’s something for everyone in downtown Aurora. Let’s give some much-needed credit to Aurora resident Sandi Lilley. As an active member of the all-volunteer Festival planning committee, Lilley has been busy for months spearheading a new wrinkle for this year’s festivities. In a recent e-mail to this newspaper, Lilley’s enthusiasm almost bubbled off the computer screen. “I am so excited about the new children’s tent lineup of activities,” wrote Lilley. “When we began work on this idea, we really wanted the kids to have a fun and sa…

Fossil Festival growth outpaces scarce sponsorship dollars

The big rigs of Bryan Mayer will show up Friday night, May 26, in downtown Aurora for the Fossil Festival’s Opening Night Ceremonies. AURORA – The annual Aurora Fossil Festival, now in its 24th year, has become one of the biggest events in eastern North Carolina. Recently, however, organizers have conceded that the Festival’s huge success has put a strain on finances. Immensely popular, the large Fossil Dig Area attracts kids of all ages A three-day festival (this year from May 26 thru May 28) in which most of the events, entertainment, and other attractions are offered at little or no co…
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