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Rock out at Gem & Mineral show Aug. 3-5

Samples of what can be seen at the Prescott Gem & Mineral Club’s 15th annual Show and Sale held Friday through Saturday, Aug. 3-5 at the Prescott Valley Event Center. (Jason Wheeler/Kudos)

Samples of what can be seen at the Prescott Gem & Mineral Club’s 15th annual Show and Sale held Friday through Saturday, Aug. 3-5 at the Prescott Valley Event Center. (Jason Wheeler/Kudos)

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Pieces of petrified wood at last year’s Prescott Gem & Mineral Club Show and Sale. (Jason Wheeler/Kudos)

The Prescott Gem & Mineral Club’s 15th annual Gem & Mineral Show and Sale, which is this weekend, is looking pretty good this year, said Co-Chair Maggi Lieber.

There’s more than 60 vendors coming this year, some of which are new, along with new items, demonstrations and display cases, Lieber said. There’s even going to be a booth set up by club members for identification purposes.

“If your grandmother passed away and you’ve got some rocks that she had stored away in her garage, and you have no idea what they are, bring them on in,” Lieber said. “We can try and identify them for you.”

Those vendors will feature everything including rough rocks, gems, jewelry, minerals, fossils, beads, slabs, cabochons, lapidary equipment, findings, kids’ activities, face painting, demonstrations and fluorescent mineral displays.

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Some specimens that were available at the Prescott Rock and Gem Club Show and Sale on Friday, Aug. 4. The show continues Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5-6 at the Prescott Valley Event Center. (Jason Wheeler/The Daily Courier)

Held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 at the Prescott Valley Event Center, 3201 N. Main St., admission to the Gem & Mineral Show is $5 for adults; $4 for seniors, veterans and students; and free for children younger than 12 with a paid adult.

It’s not just limited to rock hounds because everyone can appreciate the interesting rocks as well as the unique hand-made items the vendors will have, Lieber said. They’re all one-of-a-kind and can’t be found by going into a jewelry store, which would have the same thing at its locations all over the country, she said. Rather, the vendors have their own personal touches, their own likes and dislikes and they all specialize in different things.

“You don’t have to be a rock hound to appreciate going to a gem show,” she said, noting how she goes to the show every year and says she’s not going to buy anything. “I don’t need anything, I’m not buying anything and I end up hitting the ATM because I don’t have enough money on me.”

For more information about the Gem & Mineral Show & Sale, visit www.prescottgemmineral.org.