Rock Hounds club prepares for annual gem conventions

SUBLETTE COUNTY – The Sublette County Rock Hound Club’s (SCRH) first meeting of 2021 was Saturday, March 13, at the Sublette County Fairgrounds with 41 members attending. The monthly business meeting included preparations for the annual gem and mineral show scheduled for June 18-20 at the Sublette County Fairgrounds’ Event Center.

Following the business meeting, David Freeman of Rock Springs, Wyo., offered a presentation about glacial history in western Wyoming and types of jade found in Wyoming, including rocks commonly mistaken for nephrite jade.

The club’s next meeting is Saturday, April 17, at 1 p.m. at the fairgrounds Event Center. New members are always welcome.

This year, the club is hosting annual conventions for the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies and the Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies. On Friday, June 18, and Saturday, June 19, the show is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Sublette County Fairgrounds. On Sunday, June 20, the show is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults; kids are free.

Last year’s big event took place with COVID precautions and was very successful with families and rockhounds coming from across the state and country to enjoy meetings, demonstrations, field trips, displays, concessions, dealers and fun activities.

Other items on the agenda were accepting nominations from the membership for the annual Rock Hound of the Year (R.O.Y.) award for an adult and a junior member. These nominations are presented to the Wyoming State Mineral and Gem Society (WSMGS) for review. The State Rock Hound award is selected from among submissions from all of the Wyoming clubs by an unbiased committee.

The awards will be given at the annual WSMGS meeting, which will be held this year in Casper at the annual Natrona County Rock Hounds show, July 9-11. The annual WSMGS show travels among the seven state clubs.

For more information about the club and its 2021 Sublette County Rock Hounds’ Gem & Mineral Show, visit the Facebook page or email [email protected].