Gem & Mineral Show Saturday, Sunday at Nevada County Fairgrounds |

Gem & Mineral Show Saturday, Sunday at Nevada County Fairgrounds

A massive Russian Cave Bear skeletons standing 10 to 12 feet tall is one of two on display at this weekend's Gem and Mineral Show.
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Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society will hold its Annual Gem and Mineral Show, “Earth’s Treasures,” at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11.

Parking is free for all.

Starting at 10 a.m. and running until 5 p.m., adults pay a $2 entry fee (children under 13 and students with an ID or a teacher are free, as is the teacher).

The major display this year will be two massive Russian Cave Bear skeletons standing 10 to 12 feet tall.

Also displayed will be mineral and fossil collections to educate people about the natural world.

Nineteen accredited vendors will be displaying and selling gems, minerals, fossils, lapidary supplies, books, beads and supplies, exceptional jewelry, gold prospecting equipment, and geodes to “crack.”

Club members will demonstrate silversmithing, gemstone carving, wire wrapping, and gold panning. 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, and there are half-hourly raffle drawings for prizes donated by the vendors and club members from their private collections.

A prize ticket holder has to be present for the raffle drawing to choose his/her prize.

But late Sunday afternoon there is the drawing for the Grand Prize, a tourmaline set in gold.

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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