Gem and Mineral Show to open

SUBLETTE COUNTY– The fifth annual gem and mineral show by the Sublette County Rock Hounds is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 18-20.

Members of the American and Rocky Mountain Federations of Mineralogical Societies have converged at the Sublette County Fairgrounds for a week of field trips, meetings, lectures and more.

The gem and mineral show opens at 9 a.m. Friday, featuring about 40 vendors and demonstrators, exhibits, fluorescent mineral display and kid-friendly activities. Mr. Bones, a dinosaur puppeteer, and Spike, the Fossil Butte National Monument animated fossil fish, will be roaming this three-day show.

Vendors will be selling rough rocks, slabs, cabochons, jewelry and jewelry-making supplies, beads, opals, specimens, fossils, jade and much more. Demonstrators will include knapping, making cabochons, wire wrapping, fossil preparation and an interactive fossil exhibit. There will be displays of rock collections, memorabilia from prior conventions, minerals and petrified wood.

Hourly door prize drawings and a grand prize raffle of a large beautiful amethyst cathedral from Brazil will take place. Admission is $2 for adults; kids are free accompanied by an adult. The annual show offers something for nearly everyone – rock hound or not.