Friday, April 23, 2010

Visit Your Local Gem Show This Weekend!

23--WICHITA, KANSAS: Show; 57th annual show; Wichita Gem & Mineral Society; Cessna Activity Center, 2744 George Washington Blvd.; Fri. 9-7, Sat. 10-7, Sun. 10-5; adults $5, children $1; annual Rocky Mountain Federation meeting; contact Gene Maggard, 8318 S.E. Hwy. 77, Leon, KS 67074-9026, (316)742-3746

23-25--DECATUR, ILLINOIS: 58th annual show; Central Illinois Gem & Mineral Club; Macon County Fair Grounds, 3700 N. Westlawn Ave.; Fri. 11-6, Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-4; adults $5 (good all three days), seniors $2, kids under 15 free; dealers, demonstrators, displays, Illinois DNR Oil & Gas Trailer, gemstones, fossils, jewelry, beads, minerals, findings, door prizes, kids' corner, "Running Water Sluice"; contact Tony Kapta, (309) 830-6516; e-mail:

23-25--GRANTS PASS, OREGON: Show; Rogue Gem & Geology Club; Josephine County Fairgrounds, Redwood Hwy.; Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-4; adults $1, children free; dealers, displays, demonstrations, door prizes, games, silent auction; contact Mary, P.O. Box 1224, Grants Pass, OR 97528, (541) 479-1045; e-mail:; Web site:

23-25--IRVINE, KENTUCKY: Show, "3rd annual Mountain Mushroom Festival Rock, Gem & Mineral Show"; City of Irvine, Mushroom Festival Committee, Blue Grass Gem & Mineral Club; Estill County School's Central Office, 253 Main St.; Fri. 9-3, Sat. 9-7, Sun. 10-5; free admission; Kentucky agate display, Kentucky agate, jewelry, fossil and mineral sales, Kentucky agate field trips Apr. 20-22, register online; contact Phil Daly, 10330 Forkland Rd., Parksville, KY 40464, (859) 854-0418; e-mail:; Web site:

23-25--LINCOLNTON, GEORGIA: Graves Mountain Rock Swap and Dig; Junior Norman; Graves Mountain Mine; Fri. 8-6, Sat. 8-6, Sun. 8-6; admission by donation; collect from 8 am to 6 pm each day, sell and trade minerals; contact Junior Norman, (706) 401-3173; e-mail:; Web site:

23-25--SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH: Show, "Festival of Gems"; Wasatch Gem Society; Utah State Fair Park, 115 North 10th West, Zion Bldg.; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $2, children free; displays, lapidary demonstrations, grab bags, Wheel of Fortune, silent auction, door prizes, gem and mineral dealers; contact Jeff Huefner, (801) 467-6850; e-mail:; Web site:

24-25--CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO: Show, "Gemboree"; Akron Mineral Society & Summit Lapidary Club; Emidio & Sons Expo Center, 48 E. Bath Rd.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-6; adults $5, students and seniors $4, children $1; lapidary demonstrations, art and educational displays, gem identification, geode cracking, gem mine, make-and-take projects for children, dealers, door prizes, silent auction; contact Evelyn Tryon, 2028 Tallmadge Rd., Kent, OH 44240, (330) 673-9664; e-mail:; Web site:

24-25--ELMA, WASHINGTON: Show, "Earth's Treasures"; Grays Harbor Gem & Geology Society; Gray's Harbor County Fairgrounds, 32 Elma-McCleary Rd.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; contact Gary Emberly, 624 Fairmont Place, Aberdeen, WA 98520, (360) 533-6196; e-mail:

24-25--FORT DODGE, IOWA: Annual show; River Valley Rockhounds; Webster County Fairgrounds, Old Hwy. 169; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 11-4; admission $1; displays, dealers, door prizes, free specimens for children; contact Robert Wolf, 3521 10th Ave. N, Fort Dodge, IA 50501, (515) 955-2818; e-mail:

24-25--FRANKLIN, NEW JERSEY: 38th annual show and swap; Franklin-Ogdensburg Earth Science Association, New Jersey Earth Science Association, Sterling Hill Mining Museum; Franklin School, 50 Washington Ave.; Sat. 9-5:30, Sun. 9-5; adults $5, children under 14 free with paying adult; contact Sterling Hill Mining Museum, (973) 209-7212

24-25--JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI: Show and sale; Mobile Rock & Mineral Society, The Mississippi Gulf Coast Gem & Mineral Society, Nature's Society of Majestic Arts; Mississippi Fairgrounds, Trademark Bldg.; Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-5; gems, minerals, fossils, beads, crystals, rough and cut stones, finished jewelry, tools and lapidary supplies, fossils, minerals, stone vases and carvings, loose precious stones, mobile gem mining, gold mining, pearls, knapping, faceting, jewelry repairs; contact Sharon McClanahan or Stan Bennett, (601) 898-0407; e-mail:

24-25--MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE: 32nd Memphis Mineral, Fossil, Jewelry Show; Memphis Archaeological & Geological Society; Memphis International Agricenter, Expo Center, West Pavilion, A and B wings, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd.; Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $5, children 12 and under $2, Scouts free; dealers, exhibits, kids' area, speakers; contact W.C. McDaniel, (901) 274-7706; e-mail:; Web site:

24-25--NEWBURY PARK, CALIFORNIA: 36th annual show, "Pageant of a Thousand Gems"; Conejo Gem & Mineral Club; Borchard Park Community Center, 190 Reino Rd., at Borchard Rd.; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-4:30; free admission; exhibits, sales, gems, jewelry, rocks, minerals, fossils, special youth activities, lapidary and jewelry making demonstrations, silent auction, door prizes; contact Robert Sankovich, (805) 494-7734; e-mail:; Web site:

24-25--ROSEVILLE, MINNESOTA: Show; Anoka County Gem & Mineral Club; Har Mar Mall, 2100 Snelling Ave.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 12-5; free admission; gems, minerals, jewelry, fossils, agates, collectibles; contact Martha Miss, 8445 Grange Blvd., Cottage Grove, MN 55016; e-mail:

24-25--SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA: Annual show; Santa Cruz Gem & Mineral Society; Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, corner of Church St. and Center St.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; adults $6, children under 12 free; fluorescent room, treasure wheel, exhibits; contact Dean Welder, P.O. Box 343, Santa Cruz, CA 95061; e-mail:; Web site:

24-25--TROY, OHIO: Show, "Minerals, Meteorites and More"; Brukner Center Gem & Mineral Club; Miami County Fairgrounds, Activities Bldg.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $1, small children free; mineral identification, specimens, gems, jewelry, rough stone, demonstrations, displays, silent auction, dealers, raffles, free rock for children, children's activities; contact Tom Dilworth, (937) 602-1929

24-25--WACO, TEXAS: 50th annual show; Waco Gem & Mineral Club; TSTC Industrial Trade Center; Sat. 10-5:30, Sun. 10-5; adults $5 (both days), students $1; contact Kay Coleman, 118 County Rd. 540, Fairfield, TX 75840, (903) 389-8311

25--WATERLOO, IOWA: Show, "The Lapidary Arts: Nature's Beauty Revealed"; Black Hawk Gem & Mineral Society; Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial St.; Sun. 12-5; free admission; demonstrations, silversmithing, gem cutting, rock tumbling, sphere making, faceting, silent auction, special displays, dealers, crystals, agates, geodes, fossils, handcrafted jewelry, minerals, fossil plaster casting, Featured Person: Dr. Lee Potter; contact Dave Malm, (319) 266-6433; e-mail: