45th Annual Gem, Mineral Fossil, and Jewelry Show Coming May

Family Friendly Event Will Feature Agates

Geology enthusiasts young and old will have the chance to view specimens from all over the world at the 45th Annual Gem, Mineral Fossil, and Jewelry Show, which will take place at Marshfield High School Field House on May 5-6.

“There will be twelve vendors from Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa selling rocks, minerals, fossils, gemstones, jewelry, books and decorator items,” said Cindy Kelman, show co-chair and club secretary/treasurer.

Watch demonstrations of cutting and polishing stones, flint knapping and wire-wrapping. Bid on silent auction items and check your free ticket upon entrance for hourly door prizes. Concessions are available.

The theme this year is “Agate Adventures.” Members will display different kinds of agates and other specimens. Learn more by watching “Collecting in Australia” by Donald Kelman on Saturday, May 5 at 1:30 p.m., and another presentation by Doug Moore on Sunday, May 6 at 1:00 p.m. “World’s Largest Crystals” will be presented by Mike and Ruth Riesch from Earthaven Museum in Gilett, WI on Saturday, May 5 at 11:00 a.m.

The show is family friendly. “Kids will be able to scoop and sift for tumbled stones, make sand art pictures, plus some other projects yet to be determined,” said Gosar. “There is a small fee for the activities.”

Admission to the event is free, but donations are accepted toward creating scholarships. “Through the donations we have collected, we have been able to offer scholarships for the last several years to UW-Stevens Point students pursuing careers in a geology-related field.”

Organized in 1967, the Heart of Wisconsin Gem and Mineral Society is a non-profit, educational club dedicated to promoting interest and education in the earth sciences and lapidary arts. Members are of all ages and occupations and share a common interest in the earth and the mineral kingdom.