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Public can tour giant marble quarry

Celebrate Earth Science Week with a visit to Omyas Middlebury Quarry on Saturday, Oct. 13. Explore the quarry through guided bus tours and enjoy earth science week activities for the whole family from 10 a.m. 4 p.m.

The bus tour features stops at three locations within the depths of the marble quarry. Visitors may get off at any or all stops for guided tours. Those with young children or with less time are welcome to stay aboard the bus for a ride through the quarry. The final tour of the day will depart at 3 p.m.

Many earth science activities can be enjoyed before or after the tour. Learn more about Vermonts geology through family activities including rock collecting, mineral testing and a weight-guessing contest.

Artists of all ages can help create an earth-science mural. Big trucks,drills, and mining equipment will be on display, and children can play in apile of marble sand complete with toy trucks. Complimentary refreshments will be served throughout the day until 3 p.m.

Omyas Middlebury Quarry is located just east of Route 7, three miles south of Middlebury village and one mile north of the Routes 116 and 7 intersection (approx. 1/8 mile north of Foster Motors).

Look for the signs and balloons indicating the turn on the day of the event. For more information about the Quarry Open House, contact Alice Blount at (802) 770-7267 or Jerilynn Valente at (802) 770-7217 during business hours, or go to www.omya-na.com and then click news.

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