Saturday, March 12, 2011

Is There A Gem Show In Your Neck Of The Woods?

4-13—IMPERIAL, CALIFORNIA: Annual show, “California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta”; Imperial Valley Gem & Mineral Society;, IV Expo, 200 E. 2nd; Fri. 12-10, Sat. 12-10, Sun. 12-10, Mon. 4-10, Tue. 4-10, Wed. 4-10, Thu. 4-10, Fri. 4-10, Sat. 12-10, Sun. 12-10; contact John Pyle Jr., P.O. Box 1721, El Centro, CA 92244, (760) 562-3453; e-mail:; Web site:

11-13—COTTONWOOD, ARIZONA: Show, “Verde Valley Gem Mineral & Jewelry Show”; Mingus Gem & Mineral Club; Verde Valley Fairgrounds, 800 E. Cherry St.; Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-4; adults $2, children 13 and under free with paying adult; more than 30 vendors, door prize raffles, educational displays, extensive children’s area; contact Sarah Knowles, P.O. Box 1284, Cottonwood, AZ 86326; e-mail:
11-13—HILLSBORO, OREGON: 53rd annual show; Tualatin Valley Gem Club; Washington County Fairgrounds, 873 NE 34th Ave., on Cornell Road, across from Hillsboro Airport; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; contact Roy Woo, P.O. Box 641, Forest Grove, OR 97116; e-mail:
11-13—KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI: 50th annual show, “Greater Kansas City Gem & Mineral Show”; Association of Earth Science Clubs of Greater Kansas City; MCC-BTC Exhibition Hall, 1775 Universal Ave. (I-435, Front Street Exit); Fri. 9-8, Sat. 10-7, Sun. 10-5; adults $6, 5-12 years $2; or Bruce Stinemetz, (816) 795-1641; e-mail:; Web site:
11-13—LOGAN, UTAH: Show and sale; Cache Geological & Archeological Society; Riverwoods Conference Center, 600 S. Main; Fri. 10-7, Sat. 10-7, Sun. 10-5; free admission; door prizes, club displays, demonstrations, dealers, handcrafted jewelry, silent auction, fossils, crystals, mineral specimens, rough rocks, slabs, grab bags, kids’ activities, faceting rough, artifacts; contact Gary Warren, (435) 720-1775; e-mail:
11-13—VICTORVILLE, CALIFORNIA: 35th annual tailgate; Victor Valley Gem & Mineral Club; Stoddard Wells Rd., 12 miles east of I-15; Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-5; rough materials, gems, jewelry, findings, equipment, Sat. field trip, silent auctions; contact VVGMC, (760) 243-2330, or Brett Ward, (760) 954-4323; Web site:
11-14—DEMING, NEW MEXICO: 46th annual show, “Rockhound Roundup Gem & Mineral Show”; Deming Gem & Mineral Society; SWNM State Fairgrounds, Raymond Reed Blvd.; free admission; more than 100 dealers, display cases, geode cutting, gold panning, spinning wheel, silent and live auctions, door prizes, raffle, guided field trips; contact Terry Dellinger, P.O. Box 1459, Deming, NM 88031, (936) 433-0108; e-mail:; Web site:
12—BARTOW, FLORIDA: Show and sale; Bone Valley Gem, Mineral & Fossil Society; Stuart Center (Polk County Ag Bldg.), 1702 US Hwy. 17S; Sat. 10-5; adults $1; children’s sandbox, demonstrations, raffle, silent auction; contact Jim Reed, 5740 Hebron Ln., Lakeland, FL 33812, (863) 644-6665; e-mail:; Web site:
12—BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA: 2nd show, “Rockin’ at the Swamp”; Baton Rouge Recreation Commission; Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, 10503 N. Oak Hills Pkwy.; Sat. 9-4; adults $5, children $4; activities, displays, rocks, gemstones, minerals, fossils, vendors, exhibits, rough and polished mineral specimens, fossils, geode-busting station; contact Claire Coco, 10503 N. Oak Hills Pkwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70810, (225) 757-8905; e-mail:
12—SKOKIE, ILLINOIS: 62nd annual silent auction; Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society; St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 8013 Laramie Ave., across from the Skokie Public Library at Oakton; Sat. 6-9; free admission, children must be accompanied by an adult; rocks, minerals, crystals, fossils, handmade jewelry, lapidary treasures, books, magazines; contact Jeanine N. Mielecki, (773) 774-2054; e-mail:; Web site:
12-13—FILER, IDAHO: 60th annual show; Magic Valley Gem Club; Twin Falls County Fairgrounds, U.S. Hwy. 30, east side of Filer; Sat. 9-6, Sun. 9-5; contact Harold Waggoner, (208) 423-9668, or Shirley Metts, (208) 423-4827; e?mail:
12-13—KLAMATH FALLS, OREGON: Annual show; Rock and Arrowhead Club; Klamath County Fairgrounds, 3531 S. 6th St.; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-4; Petrified Wood; contact Jennifer Zimmerlee, (541) 545-6773; e?mail:; or Marv Stump, (541) 882-8341
12-13—MACOMB, ILLINOIS: 31st annual show; Geodeland Earth Science Clubs; Western Illinois University Union Ballroom, Murray St.; Sat., 10-6, Sun. 10-5; free admission; dealers, minerals, fossils, jewelry, equipment, displays, fluorescent minerals, geodes, meteorites, fossils, minerals, artifacts, demonstrators, shell engraving, fossil preparation, mineral identification, egg and rock painting, wire-wrapping, sphere-making, scrimshaw, geode cracking, flint knapping, glass bead making, lampwork, gemstone faceting, kids’ activities; contact Regina Kapta (217) 433-9585; e-mail:; or Jim Travis; e-mail:
12-13—SAN MARINO, CALIFORNIA: Show, “Tournament of Gems, Rocks to Art”; Pasadena Lapidary Society; San Marino Masonic Center, 3130 Huntington Dr.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; free admission; demonstrations, display cases, dealers; contact Marcia Goetz, 755 W. Dike St., Glendora, CA 91740, (626) 260-7239; e-mail:
12-13—SPRECKELS, CALIFORNIA: Show, “Parade of Gems”; Salinas Valley Rock & Gem Club; Spreckels Veteran’s Hall, 5th St. and Llano St.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; free admission; demonstrators, cab making, bead enameling, youth beading and rock painting, fluorescent display, rock bags with prizes, “wheel of fortune”, raffles, free drawings, auction, dealers, jewelry, beads, fossils, craft supplies, minerals, crystals; contact Karen Jones, P.O. Box 668, Soledad, CA 93960, (831) 678-0337; e?mail:
12-13—TURLOCK, CALIFORNIA: 45th annual show; Mother Lode Mineral Society; Turlock Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $5, children 12 and under free with adult; minerals, rocks, beads, jewelry, fossils, dinosaurs, fluorescents, tools, books, educational material, large children’s area, 40 vendors, 80 exhibits, 20 demonstrations, jewelry making, lapidary arts, gold panning, rock sale, fluorescent tent, speakers (Bob Jones, Dr. Gregg Wilkerson), fossil display, life-size T-rex skull; contact Bud & Terry McMillin, (209) 524-3494; e-mail:; Web site: