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Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show set for April 2-3

Fri, Apr 1st 2016 06:40 pm

The Buffalo Geological Society will host its 48th annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show on April 2-3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

 This year's theme is "Crinolds: Feathers of the Sea." This event will be held in the Market and Grange Buildings at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg.

Each year, the event draws between 3,000 to 4,000 attendees. Families come from all over Western New York and Canada to take part in this event.

Vendors at the event carry a wide range of mineral specimens and fossils as well as precious and semi-precious stone jewelry.

This highly educational family event affords attendees the opportunity to interact with demonstrators who work with stone. Demonstrators include stone carvers, jewelry designers, and other lapidary artists.

Local organizations, including the Penn Dixie Paleontological & Outdoor Education Center and the Buffalo Geological Society, will have displays and information about services and opportunities that their organizations offer.

Young scientists can visit the "Mini-Mine," where they will be able to search for mineral specimens in a faux mine setting. Additionally, "Grandpa's Corner" gives children the opportunity to create their own works of art in sand. All who attend can experience hands-on fun and learn something new.

For more information contact Keith Rowe, event chairman for 2016, at 716-635-3917 or [email protected]; Steve Birtz, last year's chairman, at 716-773-6386 or [email protected]; or visit www.bgsny.org for additional information on the club itself.

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