Rock hounds of all ages are invited to this year’s Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show presented by the White Mountains Gem and Mineral Club. The show will be held on May 21st and 22nd at the Show Low Elks Lodge from noon to 6 pm on Saturday and from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday. As always, kids (18 and under) and seniors (70+) are admitted free and admission for adults is only $2.
“We are very excited about this year’s show. We have sixteen vendors specializing in fossils, minerals, specimens, beads, lapidary supplies, jewelry, silver craft, and more,” says show coordinator, Rick Olson, “We are welcoming back Doug Wolfe of the White Mountains Dinosaur Museum in Springerville, as well as our local gold-panning club. We have a number of display cases where our members will be showing off their finds. I specialize in fluorescent minerals from all over the world that glow under black light.”
A fun family event, there will be a number of free activities for kids this year. A particularly popular activity is the egg-carton rock collections. “We have a wide assortment of fossils and minerals that fit inside an egg carton so kids can get a start on their rock collections. We also have a sandbox where they can dig around for fossils and get a shark tooth or plant fossil. Kids can also make their own petroglyphs and stencil a dinosaur footprint,” notes Rick, “So many activities can work up an appetite so the Special Olympics will be offering sloppy Joes and refreshments. We will also have raffles, hourly door prizes, silent auctions, and a spinning wheel (for 25 or 50 cents) for kids to get special samples of minerals and fossils.”
The annual Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show is put on by the White Mountains Gem and Mineral Club. These local rock hounds meet on the first Sunday of each month at 1 pm at the VFW in Show Low. Meetings include educational programs, identification of specimens, and field trips. “As a club, we go on a lot of field trips to hunt for new specimens. This year, we are running a field trip during the show. It will depart at 1 pm and go out to a site with some very nice petrified wood and agate. We will get back well before the show ends that day. There is no charge for going on the field trip,” says Rick.