Fossil Festival growth outpaces scarce sponsorship dollars

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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 cost – always relies heavily on sponsors. In 2015, a generous but unnamed benefactor picked up the multi-thousand dollar tab for the Festival’s Saturday night fireworks display.

One of the annual highlights of the Fossil Festival Parade, scheduled for 11 am on Saturday, May 27, is the Southside High School Marching Band.

Festival Co-Chairmen Gail Patterson & Wayne Sawyer express their sincere gratitude to the Festival’s reliable, generous sponsors. This year is different. The stark reality of an anticipated shortfall in revenue has convinced organizers to also reach out to the community for individual donations.


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Please! Send a donation of any amount to: Aurora Fossil Festival, P.O. Box 326, Aurora, N.C. 27806

Thank you. And, be sure to visit Aurora on May 26, 27, and 28 for the time of your life!


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