‘Earth’s Treasures’ gems, minerals on display Oct. 8-9
Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society will hold its annual show, “Earth’s Treasures,” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.
Admission is $2 for adults; free for children 12 and under, students with an ID card, as well as teachers. Parking is free.
The major display this year will be 200-million-year-old petrified tree trunks and slabs from the Jurassic/Triassic era — some as big as 30” diameter, and slabbed vertical trunks as large as 4’ tall by 28” wide. This petrified Arcia pine wood comes from Northeast Arizona and is the most highly colored in the world, showing red, green, yellow and even blue.
Also displayed will be mineral and fossil collections to educate people about the natural world. In addition, vendors will be selling gems, minerals, fossils, lapidary supplies, books, beads and supplies, exceptional jewelry, and gold prospecting equipment.
Club members will demonstrate gemstone carving, wire-wrapping, gold panning and more. A Kids’ Corner handled by our junior members will feature games, grab bags and contests with prizes created by these young collectors. A revolving silent auction happens all weekend, as well as half-hourly raffle drawings for prizes donated by vendor and club members from their private collections.
A prize ticket holder has to be present for the raffle drawing to choose his or her prize. Late on the afternoon of Oct. 9, there is a separate drawing for the Grand Prize, a very special gem item of high value. The prize ticket holder does not have to be present to claim this prize.
Food, drinks and popcorn will be available for purchase.
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