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Sac & Fox Lapidary Club prepare for annual Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show

Aug 16, 2012
PHOTO SUBMITTED The Sac & Fox Lapidary Club has a display at the Fairfield Public Library.

The Fairfield Public Library is hosting a special display at its entrance celebrating the Sac & Fox Lapidary Club’s annual show.

The theme for this year’s show is “Stones of Peace.” Betty and Lauren Morris, along with Dennis Kossow, showchairmen, prepared the display. It includes some of the treasures found by club members on field trips, along with the club’s two grand prizes to be given away at the upcoming Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show Sept. 7-9 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

For the past several years, the club has prepared a display at the library in preparation for its annual show. The show brings to town unique vendors in gems, jewelry, mineral and rocks and various products of these materials. The dealers will be from Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. The wares available at the show come from around the world. This year, the club has added two new vendors: Aerie Artworks and Vernon Jefferson Native American Arts & Crafts.

As well as the vendors, the show will have more displays of fossils, minerals and rocks.

Indian Hills Community College also will have representatives with microscopes at its display to allow people to look deep inside some rock specimens.

“Fossil Guy” Don Johnson also will be at the show. He will give a presentation, “Mammals From A Lost World,” Sept. 8 and 9.

The theme for this year’s show focuses on the heritage of the club’s name. Members from the Sac & Fox American Indian tribe will be participating in the show, Native and history and artifacts will be on display. The Brown Otter Dancers will perform at 2 p.m. Sept. 8 in the convention center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for Performing Arts. Free tickets to the presentation will be available at the gem and mineral show’s admission table

Organizers say people will come to the show from across Iowa and the surrounding states; last year more than 50 percent of those in attendance were from outside of Fairfield.

Further information on the Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show is available from show chairwoman Betty Morris at 233-1300.


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