Gem and Mineral Show this weekend at fairgrounds

In the rock collecting world, this bumblebee jasper is relatively a newcomer.  It is formed and collected from inside the vents of active volcanoes. The yellow banding comes from sulfur while the black comes from hematite. 

The Northwest Wisconsin Gem and Mineral Society will be holding its 58th annual Gem and Mineral Show in the Youth Expo Building of the Barron County Fairgrounds at Rice Lake.

Show times are Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year’s theme was suggested by one of the society’s youth club members and will feature volcanoes and rocks formed by volcanic action. A display of volcanic rock will be featured.  

This educational family friendly event is free and open to the public.  

There will be demonstrations of jewelry making, flint knapping (the ancient art of making arrowheads and other stone tools), shaping stone spheres, stone cutting, gem faceting and much more.  

In addition, there will be a kid’s activity area, and they will receive a free sample of interesting stones.  

Food will be available on site.

Over 20 different vendors will show and sell an interesting variety of specimens ranging from fossils, jewelry, cut and polished stone, and lapidary equipment.  

Attendees are encouraged to bring in rocks and artifacts to be identified and aged. They can also sign up for door prizes, which will be drawn each day.  

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