Earth’s Treasures 52nd Annual Gem & Mineral Show

Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6.

Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society will hold its 52nd annual show, Earth’s Treasures October 5 and 6 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Recently expanded, show hours are Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. Parking is free. Admission is $3 for adults, but free for children 12 and under, students with an ID card, and military with ID.

This year’s featured display is The Pleistocene Zoo, authentic, museum-quality fossils from this era that ended 11,000 years ago, when most large mammals went extinct. The highlight is a 9’ tall European Cave Bear, along with other striking fossils, provided by Ed Rigel, owner of Applegate Lapidary. Sierra College’s Museum of Natural History and the Sierra Foothills Museum of Natural Sciences are also displaying Pleistocene fossils from their collections which include Rancho La Brea Tar Pit area Dire Wolf, Sabre-Toothed Cat, Short-Faced Bear and more.

Twenty- six exhibitors will be selling gems, minerals, fossils, lapidary supplies, books, beads and supplies, exceptional jewelry, gold prospecting equipment, and much more. There will be demonstrations of soapstone carving, silver crochet, fossil preparation, cabochon making, arrowhead making and gold panning. A greatly expanded Kids’ Corner handled by our junior members will feature games, grab bags, crystal dig and contests with prizes created by these young collectors. Also displayed will be mineral and fossil collections assembled by club members, many junior members. A revolving silent auction of rock specimens happens all weekend, as well as half-hourly raffle drawings for prizes donated by vendors and club members from their private collections.   Late Sunday afternoon there is a separate drawing for the Grand Prize, with multiple chances to win a stunning $400, ¼ oz. crystalline gold-in-quartz specimen from the Original 16 to 1 Mine, as well as several other high-value prizes.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase from outside vendors.

Nevada County Gem & Mineral Society holds its general meetings the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm at the Golden Empire Grange off La Barre Meadows Road. There is also an active Juniors Program. For more information, visit: www.ncgms.org