Gem & Mineral Shows in May 2011

May 6-8—BISHOP, CALIFORNIA: “Eastern Sierra Gem & Mineral Show”; Lone Pine Gem & Mineral Society; Tri-County Fairgrounds, Robinson Bldg., Sierra St. and Fair Dr.; Fri. 6-9, Sat. 9:30-5, Sun. 10-3; free admission; field trips, lapidary demonstrations, lampwork beads, flint knapping, sphere making, displays, world’s largest fulgurite, local minerals and fossils, spinning wheel, geodes, vendors, door prizes, children’s activities; contact Francee Graham, P.O. Box 667, Lone Pine, CA 93545, (760) 876-4319; e-mail:

May 5-8—FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA: South East Gems & More; Whistle Stop Mall parking lot, 1281 Georgia Rd. (Hwy 441N); Thu. 9-6, Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-4; free admission; dealers, silver and goldsmithing, rough, slabs, fossils, minerals, metaphysical, findings, gemstones, custom jewelry and repairs; contact Mark or Patricia Smith, 751 Hutto Pond Rd., Aiken, SC 29805, (706) 490-4550; e-mail:

May 6-8—COLUMBIA, MISSOURI: Central Missouri Rock & Lapidary Club; Boone County Fairgrounds, 5212 N. Oakland Gravel Rd.; Fri. 1-5, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-3; adults $5, seniors and students $3, children under 11 free; admission good 3 days, Kidz Mine, demonstrations, mineral exhibits, Midwest dealers; contact Robert McConnell, 1601 N. Earthland Rd., Columbia, MO 65202, (573) 445-5415; e-mail:

May 6-8—FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA: Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce; Macon County Community Bldg., 1288 Georgia Rd.; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-4; adults $2, under age 16 free; contact Linda Harbuck, 425 Porter St., Franklin, NC 28734, (828) 524-3161; e-mail:; Web site:

May 6-8—MARIETTA, GEORGIA: 43rd annual retail show; Georgia Mineral Society; Cobb County Civic Center, 548 Marietta Pkwy.; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 12-5; free admission; more than 30 dealers, door prize for students, auction Sat., demonstrations; contact Tom Batcha, PO Box 15011, Atlanta, GA 30333-5011; e-mail:; Web site:

May 6-8—McPHERSON, KANSAS: 19th annual sale and swap; McPherson Gem & Mineral Club; McPherson 4-H Bldg., 710 W. Woodside; Fri. 9-7, Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10:30-3; free admission; buy or swap, rocks, gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry, door prizes, displays, collections, free rock identification, fluorescent mineral exhibit, kid’s spin-and-win; contact Jim Nutter, 1611 Jody Ln., McPherson, KS 67460, (620) 241-2433; e-mail:

May 7-8—AITKIN, MINNESOTA: “Cuyuna Agate & Mineral Show”; Cuyuna Rock Club; Aitkin High School, 306 2nd St. NW, three blocks west of stoplight at Hwy. 169 and Hwy. 210; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-4; free admission; agates, minerals, jewelry, specimens, mineral art, fossils, fluorescents, lapidary equipment, indoor and outdoor vendors, Ask-the-Wizard-of-Rocks, special Kids’ Korner with free prizes, displays, demonstrations, Wheel-of-Rock-Fortune, door prizes; contact Kat Thomas, 45962 Tame Fish Lake Rd., Aitkin, MN 56431, (218) 678-3298; e-mail:; Web site:

May 7-8—BOZEMAN, MONTANA: Bozeman Gem & Mineral Club; Gallatin County Fairgrounds, 901 N. Black; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; contact Sally Griffin, (406) 451-4362; e-mail:; or Dan Carter, (406) 586-4552

May 7-8—CINCINNATI, OHIO: 46th annual show and sale, “Geofair 2011”; Cincinnati Mineral Society, Cincinnati Dry Dredgers; Cincinnati Gardens, 2250 E. Seymour Ave.; gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry; contact Terry Huizing, 5341 Thrasher Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45247; (513) 574-7142; e-mail:; Web site:

May 7-8—RENO, NEVADA: Reno Gem & Mineral Society; Reno Livestock Events Center Exhibit Hall, 1350 N. Wells; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4; adults $5, seniors $4, children $3; more than 20 dealers, gems, minerals, fossils, beads, lapidary and silversmithing equipment, more than 60 exhibit cases, demonstrations, flint knapping, gold panning booth, silent auction, door prizes, field trip, raffle; contact John Petersen, 480 S. Rock Blvd., Sparks, NV 89431, (775) 849-1522; Web site:

May 7-8—WASHINGTON, PENNSYLVANIA: “Greater Pittsburg Area Jewelry, Gem, Mineral, Bead & Gift Show; FM Minerals; Washington County Fairgrounds, 2151 N. Main St.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $4, children 12 and under free with an adult; invited dealers, beads, minerals, fossils, metaphysical items, jewelry, gemstones, hand-made jewelry, wire wrapping; contact FM Minerals, P.O. Box 252, Farmington, WV 26571, (304) 825-6845; e-mail:

May 10-13—SECAUCUS, NEW JERSEY: “The NYC Metro Show”; Eons Expos RLLLP; Meadowlands Expositions Center, 355 Plaza Dr.; Thu. 9-6, Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-6, Sun. 9-6; free admission; minerals, fossils, dinosaurs, crystals, gems, jewelry, meteorites, professionals only Thu. contact Christine Coyle, 38 Fox Ridge Rd., Sparta, NJ 07871, (516) 818-1228; e-mail:; Web site:

May 13-15—ANDERSON, CALIFORNIA: “Northern California Treasures CFMS Show & Convention”; Superior California Gem & Mineral Society; Shasta District Fairgrounds, 1890 Briggs St.; Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-4; adults $4, seniors $3, students $2, children under 12 free; displays, world-class speakers, auction, demonstrations, raffle, dealers, minerals, fossils, jewelry, gems, beads, supplies, gifts; contact Steve Puderbaugh, 19652 N. Hirsch Court, Anderson, CA 96007, (530) 604-2951; e-mail:; Web site:

May 13-15—JOPLIN, MISSOURI: 5th annual Outdoor Rock Swap; Tri-State Gem & Mineral Society; Schifferdecker Park, 7th and Schifferdecker Ave.; Fri. 8-6, Sat. 8-6, Sun. 9-4; free admission; contact Joplin Museum Complex, 504 Schifferdecker Ave., Joplin, MO 64801, (417) 623-1180; e-mail:

May 14-15—CHEYENNE, WYOMING: Cheyenne Mineral & Gem Society; American Legion Post 6, 2001 E. Lincoln Way; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-4; adults $3, children free; door prizes, gold panning, children’s activities, exhibits, club store; contact Carroll Schell, 5006 Foxen Court, Cheyenne, WY 82001, (307) 632-7688; e-mail:

May 14-15—DULUTH, GEORGIA: Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Shows; Gwinnett Center, Hall C, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; adults $5 Sat., $4 Sun., children under 12 free; dealers, precious and semiprecious gemstone beads, sterling silver, findings, freshwater pearls, hand-blown glass, vintage beads, crystals, delicas; contact Angela Couch, (888) 729-6904; e-mail:; Web site:

May 14-15—FOUNTAIN HILLS, ARIZONA: Rick Obermiller; Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N. La Montana Dr.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4; adults $2, children under 12 free; indoor show, mostly Arizona dealers, gems, minerals, jewelry, fossils, kids’ activities, drawings, raffles; contact Rick Obermiller, 1332 N. Jesse St., Chandler, AZ 85225-1598, (602)826-2218; e-mail:

May 14-15—HAMILTON, MONTANA: Bitterroot Gem & Mineral Society; First Interstate Events Center, Ravalli County Fair Grounds, 100 Old Corvallis Rd.; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-4; contact Steve Vieth, (406) 369-5489; e?mail:; or Mike McConnell, (406) 360-4944; e-mail:

May 14-15—LEESPORT, PENNSYLVANIA: 43rd annual show, “World of Gems and Minerals”; Berks Mineralogical Society; Leesport Farmers Market Banquet Hall, Rte. 61; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4; contact Jim Woodeshick, 246 State St., Hamburg, PA 19526; e-mail:

May 14-15—WAUWATOSA, WISCONSIN: 54th annual show; Wisconsin Geological Society; Muellner Bldg., Hart Park, 72nd and W. State St.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4; adults $3 (2 for $5), children under 16 free with adult; 22 Midwest dealers, lapidary supplies, tools, books, rough material, slabs, finished specimens, cabochons, jewelry, carvings, fossils, children’s activities, exhibits, displays, presentations; contact Paul Schmidt, 8213 Red Arrow Ct., Wauwatosa, WI 53213, (414) 771-8668; e-mail:

May 14-15—WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA: Near Earth Object Foundation, Smarto Centre Market, Prehistoric Planet; 2nd Presbyterian Church, 2001 Market St.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5; free admission; door prizes, museum-style exhibits; contact Ray Garton, PO Box 200, Barrackville, WV 26559, (304) 282-2306; e-mail:; Web site:

May 20-22—MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA: 21st annual show; Treasures Of The Earth Gem & Jewelry Shows; National Guard Armory, 315 Commonwealth Blvd W. (across from Liberty Fair Mall); Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5; free admission; jewelry makers, goldsmiths and silversmiths, gem trees, wire wrap, wire sculpture, pearls, stone beads, stone setting, amber, opal, mineral and fossil dealers, door prizes, grand prize, classes, sluice; contact Van Wimmer Sr., 5273 Bradshaw Rd., Salem, VA 24153, (540) 384-6047; e-mail:; Web site:

May 20-22—SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA: “Spring West Coast Gem & Mineral Show”; Martin Zinn Expositions; Holiday Inn-Orange County Airport, 2726 S. Grand Ave.; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; free admission; open to the public, more than 80 wholesale and retail dealers, minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, lapidary supplies; contact Martin Zinn Expositions LLC, P.O. Box 665, Bernalillo, NM 87004-0665, (505) 867-0425

May 20-22—SOUTHGATE, MICHIGAN: “Southeastern Michigan Gem & Mineral Show”; Midwest Mineralogical & Lapidary Society of Michigan; Southgate Arena, 14700 Reaume Pkwy.; Fri. 2-7, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5; contact Rich Williams, 15816 DuPage, Taylor, MI 48180, (734) 374-2279; e-mail:

May 21—DANBURY, WISCONSIN: 4th annual show and sale: Mike Schaaf; Stone Hinge Rock Shop, 4606 26 Lake Rd.; Sat. 9-5; free admission; dealers, buying, selling, swapping, Lake Superior agates, gems, minerals, fossils, flint, rough rock, slabs, fluorescent show, flint knappers, kids’ agate pit, artisans and crafters, rock shop; contact Mike Schaaf, 4606 26 Lake Rd., Danbury, WI 54830, (715) 656-4315; e-mail:

May 21-22—HERMISTON, OREGON: Hatrockhound Gem & Mineral Society; Hermiston Conference Center, 415 S. Hwy. 395; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; adults $2, 15 and under free with an adult; contact Mike Filarski, (541) 922-5091; e-mail:

May 21-22—JACKSON, CALIFORNIA: 11th annual Tailgate Gemboree; Fossils For Fun Society; Kennedy Gold Mine, 12954 Kennedy Mine Rd.; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-5; free admission; indoor exhibits, outdoor dealers, rocks, gems, minerals, fossils, Sat. auctions, surface mine tours, gold panning; contact Debbie Bunn, P.O. Box 255702, Sacramento, CA 95642, (916) 929-6665; e-mail:; Web site:

May 21-22—MURFREESBORO, ARKANSAS: Crater of Diamonds State Park; Diamond Discovery Center, 209 State Park Rd.; Sat. 8:30-4:30, Sun. 8:30-4:30; free admission; wire wrapping demonstrations, rock and mineral identification, diamond hunting (adults $7, children $4); contact Margi Jenks, 209 State Park Rd., Murfreesboro, AR 71958, (870) 285-3116; e-mail:; Web site:

May 21-22—NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Shows; Al Menah Shrine Temple, 1354 Brick Church Pike; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; adults $5 Sat., $4 Sun., children under 12 free; dealers, precious and semiprecious gemstone beads, sterling silver, findings, freshwater pearls, hand-blown glass, vintage beads, crystals, delicas; contact Angela Couch, (888) 729-6904; e-mail:; Web site:

May 21-22—PITTSTON, PENNSYLVANIA: Mineralogical Society of Northeast Pennsylvania; St. Joseph’s Oblates Seminary, 1880 Rte. 315; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4; adults $3, children 12 and under free; Dinosaur Land Children’s Corner, UV light show, exhibits, demonstrations, door prizes; contact Linda Williams, 615 E. Grant St., Olyphant, PA 18447, (717) 319-8334; e-mail:

May 21-22—RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA: 7th annual Fairburn agate and rock swap; Rapid City Parks & Recreation Dept.; Hwy. 44E, about ½ mile west of B.H. Speedway; free admission; buy, sell, trade, rocks, fossils, minerals, experts will help identify and evaluate specimens, auction Sat.; contact Tom Woodden, (605) 393-1963, or Jim Hardesty, (605) 393-2163; e-mail:

May 27-29—SALEM, VIRGINIA: 20th annual show, “Roanoke Valley Spring Gem & Mineral Show”; Treasures Of The Earth Gem & Jewelry Shows; Salem Civic Center, 1001 Boulevard; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-6; adults $4 (3-day ticket), children under 16 free; jewelry makers, goldsmiths and silversmiths size, reconstruct, repair, design or make original jewelry from customer-selected gems, stones, opals and crystals, wire wrap, wire sculpture, stone beads, pearls, stone setting, dealers, amber, opal, fossils, minerals, door prizes, grand prize, children’s gift; contact Van Wimmer Sr., 5273 Bradshaw Rd., Salem, VA 24153, (540) 384-6047; e-mail:; Web site:

May 27-30—SCOTTSBLUFF, NEBRASKA: Panhandle Rock & Gem Club; Riverside Zoo Campground, 1600 S. Beltline Hwy. W.; Fri. 8-5; Sat. 8-5, Sun. 8-5, Mon. 8-5; free admission; Raffle and Auction Sat.; contact Dale Tikalsky, 523 W. 20th St., Scottsbluff, NE 69361, (308) 631-7814; e-mail:

May 28-29—FORT WORTH, TEXAS: 60th annual show, “Marvelous Minerals”; Fort Worth Gem & Mineral Club; Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster; Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $5, seniors and students $4, ages 16 and under free; more than 25 dealers, exhibits, kids’ games, door prizes, grand prize, silent auction; contact Steve Hilliard, PO Box 418, Decatur, TX 76234, (817) 925-5760; e-mail:; Web site:

May 28-29—WHEATON, ILLINOIS: 35th annual show and sale; Chicagoland Gems & Minerals Association; Dupage County Fairgrounds, 2015 W Manchester Rd.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $5, seniors and students $3, service personnel with ID and children under 13 free; dealers, beads, books, equipment, fossils, gemstones, handcrafted jewelry, minerals, supplies, tools, demonstrations, cabochon cutting, faceting, fossil preparation, gem trees, glass fusing, glass marble making, intarsia, jewelry making, micro mounts, scrimshaw, silver smithing, opal cutting, wire wrapping, exhibits, minerals, fossils, lapidary, gems, silent auctions, door prizes, Kids’ Corner; contact Rich Dillon, P.O. Box 360, Wasco, IL 60183-0360, (630) 377-0197; e-mail:; Web site:

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