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Gem and Mineral Show in Jefferson

Come to the Jefferson County Fair Park for the 40th annual Gem and Mineral Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7.

The Rock River Valley Geological Society has invited 14 dealers with polished stones and gems, mineral specimens, fossils, rough rock, carved items and a wide selection of jewelry made from natural gems and minerals.

A club sale of minerals, gems and jewelry and faceted gems takes place both days. The sale gives an opportunity for everyone to obtain a unique specimen that has been donated by club members and dealers.

Gary Richards, educator at the Weis Earth Science Museum in Menasha, will share information on Wisconsin and Upper Michigan mining history and the potential revival of mining. He will bring a collection of copper and other mineral specimens from that area.

Demonstrations and presentations will be ongoing both days. See Jan Beyerlein making free-form jewelry and watch Bill Jeske and Rick Zwiefel faceting gems. Members of Greenbush Prospectors will demonstrate prospecting, and you can try your hand at gold panning. Watch flint knapping by Mike Peters of Fort Atkinson. See how arrowheads can be made from flint or chert rock using deer antler as the tool. He will bring a large collection of knapped items and tools used at different times in history.

Hands-on activities for children of all ages.

Rough rock specimens will be sawed into slabs and polished into cabochons. Club information and memberships will be available. You may also sign up for a rock-hounding quarry field trip. Door prize drawings will be announced hourly, and food and refreshments will be available. Free will donations accepted at the door.

For more information, contact Robert Schweitzer at (920) 674-2544 or email at rwses@idcnet.com.

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