Winners Announced!

The contest has come to a close and the winners have been chosen. We received over 30 entries -- mostly from local students, but also from as far away as North Carolina. Besides Cedarburg and Grafton, Wisconsin contestants hailed from Oak Creek, Milwaukee, Hartford, and Kewaskum. Our contestants found many fine fossils which made the judging quite difficult. The most popular collecting areas in Wisconsin were the Schlitz Audubon Center, Lion’s Den Gorge, and various local lakes and rivers.  Thank you to the Milwaukee Public Museum and Gary Rosenberg in assisting in the judging.



1st Place: 

$50 Gift Certificate plus a Fossil Pine Cone


Tabulate Coral

Harrison Krupski


2nd Place:

$35 Gift Certificate plus an Ammonite


Horned Coral

Ben Jacobs


3rd Place: 

$15 Gift Certificate plus a piece of Fossil Amber


Tabulate Coral

Sam Jacobs


A $10 Gift Certificate will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Best Fossil Shell - Harrison Krupski - Brachiopod
  • Best Fossil Coral - Harrison Krupski - Tabulate Coral
  • Best Fossil Found by a 1st or 2nd Grader - David Poe - Brachiopods 
  • Best Fossil Found by a 3rd or 4th Grader - Quillian Anderson - Bryozoans
  • Fossil Found Furthest from The Gem Shop - Greyden Heilert - Horned Coral     (San Francisco, CA)
  • Fossil Found Closest to The Gem Shop -  Josh Hafemeister - Crinoid Cluster - (Along the river in Grafton)
  • The Most Unusual Fossil Harrison Krupski - Brachiopod
  • The Best Wisconsin Fossil - Ben Everts - Trilobite

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