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Riverton hosting state mineral and gem show

Jun 5, 2013 - By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer

Clubs from around Wyoming will meet June 15 and June 16 at the Fremont County Fairgrounds.

The Wyoming state mineral and gem show will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 15 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16 at the Fremont Center of the Fremont County Fairgrounds.

The Riverton Mineral and Gem Society, the group sponsoring the gem show, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The theme is "Jade: Wyoming's timeless gem."

The show offers activities and will showcase mineral and fossil specimens from clubs in Powell, Cody, Torrington, Riverton, Casper and Cheyenne. It also will serve as the annual meeting for the state club.

Lynn Edwards, the grandson of James Newton "Newt" Edwards who founded the Black Jade Mine, will speak about the mine at 2 p.m. June 15, and state geologist Wayne Southerland will speak about Wyoming's rare earth minerals at 4 p.m. June 15.

The event also will have displays and demonstrations, including hot stone massage demonstrations and educational booths.

Former U.S. Geological Survey employee Glen Laidlaw will host a mineral identification booth where participants can bring in specimens and have them identified.

Big Horn paleontology hobbyist Curtis Talbot will host a booth educating participants on fossil formations. The booth will display many Wyoming fossils, mostly from the Big Horn Mountains.

Children's activities also will be offered and include a black light florescent mineral seminar, mineral wheel-of-fortune, and kitty pool mineral digs for children under 6.

Grab bags filled with assorted rocks and minerals will be available for $2.

Numerous silversmith and lapidary items, beads, jewelry and rough rock will be available for purchase from artists and dealers from around the western United States, with eight local dealers.

Five raffles, with items such as rock tumbling kits and a geo-paleo pick, will take place over the weekend.

Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children under 12. Fathers who bring children will be admitted free June 16 for Father's Day.

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