Special to the Reporter

Fossilmania, one of the state's premier fossil shows sponsored by the Dallas and Austin paleontology societies, come to Glen Rose for the 27thtime this Friday to Sunday.

The exhibition and sale will be held in the Somervell Exposition Center and is free. Dealer hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

For a number of years Fossilmania has opened the show at 8 a.m. on Friday to accommodate visits by classes from local schools in the Glen Rose area. Show organizers hope to see them return in even greater numbers this year.

Security for the dealers requires that the show closes promptly at 2 p.m. on Sunday, so visitors should plan to give themselves plenty of time to attend that day.

“As in recent years, we are hoping for a turnout of between 400 and 500 people,” said Bill Morgan, the show chair. “It is an educational experience for all ages and each year there are many new and unusual things to see.”

Twenty-five vendors will sell fossils from all over the world, fossil-related books, T-shirts and other items. Most of the vendors are from Texas, but some will come from Washington, Florida and Arkansas.

On Friday at 7:30 p.m., the public is invited to attend the ever-popular talk by Chuck Finsley, retired curator of Earth science at the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science.

The public also is invited to attend the annual auction of fossils and fossil-related items to be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.

Be sure to get raffle tickets for five fabulous fossil prizes. The raffle prizes will be on display at the show on Friday and Saturday and tickets cost $1 each. They may be purchased at the door during dealer hours on Friday and Saturday and during the auction on Saturday night. Raffle drawings will take place after the auction. One does not need to be present to win.

On Saturday fossil experts will give three talks, also open to the public. Roger Fry will speak on "Mapping and Excavating a Mid-Cretaceous Crocodile (Archosauria) at a Large Urban Dig: The Arlington Archosaur Site, North Central Texas.” Tom Vance will give an update on the Pin Oak Creek mammoth in a talk entitled "Combining Old with the New.” Dr. Finsley will also speak on Saturday afternoon. Times for these presentations will be announced at the show.

On Saturday two guided fossil hunts are scheduled to a site in the Glen Rose area One hunt is scheduled for the morning and a second for the afternoon.

Hourly door prizes will be announced on Saturday, only.