Gem, mineral show opens Friday
The Sac & Fox Lapidary Club’s 18th annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show is set Friday through Sunday at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.
The show will have several special displays and presentations this year.
One special display will be about the mammoth dig presently being conducted near Oskaloosa. Sarah E. Horgen, the education and outreach coordinator at the Natural History Museum for University of Iowa in Iowa City, will give a lecture and slide show of the work at the site at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday.
Shelley Carr of Earth-Vibe will give a presentation on crystals and minerals and their healing powers at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The show also features handmade jewelry; various beads, gemstones, faceted and cabochon to mount in jewelry; rocks, agate, geodes, slabs of polished rock suitable for home decorations; and machinery and tools needed for lapidary work. Specimens of minerals and fossils also will be available.
The show features a display room with a unique book selection for those interested in the rock collecting hobby and other outdoor activities. Displays of geological interests will be shown, along with special collections of stones and lapidary art.
Activities for children will allow them to search for their own treasures, win treasures in games and make a special project.
Hourly door prizes will be awarded, and at the end of the show, two grand prizes will be awarded: a large Keokuk geode; and a necklace and pendant of African blue lace agate designed and constructed by local artist Florence Stevens.
The Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show will be open 6-9 p.m. during the Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is charged.
For information, call the show chairman Carl McRoy at 641-777-8503 or promotion chairman Bill Rathbun at 472-0286.