August 25: World’s Largest Fossil Dig


Unearth the Unexpected and help set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™  title for the World’s Largest Fossil Dig at Penn Dixie — the #1 fossil park in the U.S.

Join us on Saturday August 25, 2018 as we make history.

Admission is reduced to $5 per person and includes a commemorative shirt, fossil collecting bag, and all of the amazing Penn Dixie fossils that our guests may collect. No fossil digging experience is necessary as volunteer stewards from several community groups will be on hand to facilitate the dig. Or, invite your friends and register a team of up to ten diggers for just $40. Stay after the dig to collect fossils and enjoy food trucks at Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve.

Got a business?  Become a sponsor and etch your name into history.

Register Here

Due to anticipated attendance we strongly recommend registration prior to August 24 to be guaranteed a place in history. Online registration CLOSES on August 24 at 10 AM or when the event reaches capacity.

You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to be one of the inaugural title holders in this new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ category for World’s Largest Fossil Dig!

Register today and be part of this exciting moment in history!

Things To Know:

The record attempt will take place at Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve in Hamburg, NY. Arrival, parking, and weather updates to follow via email updates to registered participants. Pre-registration by August 24 is strongly recommended.

Schedule of Events:

  • 9:00 am      Check-in at Penn Dixie; specific times to be relayed via email
  • 11:00 am    Guests travel to designated collecting zones
  • 11:30 am    Fossil collecting begins
  • 12:00 pm    Participants provide documentation of digging
  • 12:30 pm    Optional fossil collecting until 3 pm

Official Guidelines:

For a detailed schedule plus all rules and procedures for the dig, please see our Official Guidelines.


Q: Do I need to be an experienced fossil collector?
A: Not at all. We’ll teach you the basics of fossil collecting so you can find real Penn Dixie fossils on August 25.

Q: Can I keep the fossils that I find?
A: Yes! The rules require that all participants submit fossils for verification by certified paleontologists. We will collect two fossils from each guest to submit for verification. After verification, the fossils can be picked up by dig participants. Unclaimed fossils will be used for educational purposes in the WNY community.

Q: Are children welcome?
A: Yes — we love kids! However, very young children may not qualify to be record holders if they cannot meet GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ guidelines for the record attempt. These guidelines include full participation in fossil collecting for 30 minutes as well as an understanding of the rules and procedures of the event. Guests who cannot meet these guidelines may attend for fun and may keep the fossils that they find.

Q: Will you have enough fossils for everyone?
A: Absolutely. Penn Dixie is a global geological treasure with an abundance of fossils from a shallow marine environment that existed 380 million years ago.

Q: May I bring food, drinks, folding chairs, a wagon, etc.?
A: Yes, all are welcome at Penn Dixie. Food trucks and bottled water will be available for sale during the event. We will have limited seating and shelter available, however, and encourage those with special needs to plan accordingly.

Q: Is the event accessible for those with mobility impairments?
A: Yes! We have many paved trails and flat areas for fossil collecting. We highly recommend a reach tool for those who cannot bend down.

Dig Leader

Dig leaders

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Record Setter

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Fossil Finders

Arcara Zucarelli Lenda & Associates
Barack E. O’Pod
Cardinal Inn Bed and Breakfast
Discover 716 Advertising
Louie’s Footlong Hot Dogs
Social Butterfly
The Catering Company WNY
Wesolowski Law Group

Want to help organize our teams of diggers? Volunteer here!

Interested in sponsoring this historic achievement? Click here for more info.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest dig updates with #PennDixieBigDig

Register Here

Due to anticipated attendance we strongly recommend registration prior to August 24 to be guaranteed a place in history. Online registration CLOSES on August 24 at 10 AM or when the event reaches capacity.

Got a question? Use our form and we’ll get back to you ASAP.


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