Annual gem and mineral show rocks


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BIG PINEY — The Sublette County Rock Hounds’ annual Gem and Mineral Show from June 16 to June 18 drew hundreds of people to the Event Center at the Sublette County Fairgrounds. The Sublette County Rock Hounds Club and J L Gray Rock Shop in Marbleton spearhead the annual event.
The weekend-long rock show featured field trips to search for fossilized fish, petrified wood, stromatolite, agates and jaspers; demonstrations on fossil preparation, knapping, wire wrapping, silversmithing, faceting, cabbing and sphere making; and vendors selling and showcasing rough rock, slabs, cabs, fossils, jade, opal, jewelry and other specimens from around the world. Kids’ activities included fluorescent rock hunting and entertainment provided by Mr. Bones the dinosaur puppeteer from Fossile Butte National Monument in Kemmerer. Many vendors offered free fossils or crystals for children in attendance.

Attendees were automatically entered to win hourly door prizes throughout the weekend and could choose to purchase additional raffle tickets for larger prize packages, all donated by generous local individuals, businesses and organizations.

Off the Bench Food Truck & Catering, Mean Maggi’s gourmet grill cheese and Juan and Belinda’s Cooking were all on site throughout the weekend, selling delicious food to hungry showgoers.

For more information about the Sublette County Rock Hounds Club, email [email protected] or visit with president Jim Gray at J L Rock Shop, located at 614 E. 3rd St., in Marbleton.