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Gems and Minerals, yes... but don't forget fossils and meteors!

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May 18, 2012 -


KENNEWICK - The northwest regional gem and mineral show started today in Kennewick. The Lakeside Gem and Mineral Club is hosting the show, which is 4 times bigger than the clubs regular gem show in April.

32 different gem, mineral, fossil, and jewelry dealers from across the region have set up shop at the Benton County Fairgrounds.

On top of showcasing and selling their treasures, a dozen experts will be speaking about things like meteorites and recent dinosaur discoveries.

Larry Hulstrum, the President of the Lakeside Gem and Mineral Club and the co-chairman of this weekend's show, said "there's a lot of different interesting things to co, whether you want to go out and collect around the pacific northwest, or wether you want to go to a show similar to this one, wether you want to learn how to make jewelry or just facet a stone. Any number of different things, this would be the place to come and see."

The speaker schedule is as follows:
  11-12 Dick Pugh (Meteorites)
  11-12 Steve Reidel (Geologic Evolution of the Columbia River)
  12:30-1:30 Paul Bybee (Dinosaurs)
  1- 2 Greg Tolbert (American Rockhounding Law) 
  2-3:30 Tom Crimmins (Maintaining Public Access)
  11-12 Dick Pugh (Meteorites)
  12:30-1:30 Garrett Romaine (Mining the internet)
  12:30-1:30 City House (Coyote Canyon Mammoth)
   2-3 Bob Jackson (Quartz Mines)
   2-3 Bill Shipp (Judith Triceratops Skull)
   3:30-4:30 Paul Bybee (Dinosaurs)
   3:30-4:30 Bruce Bjornstad (Ice Age floods)

  10-11 Audrey Vogelpohl (Junior program)
  11-12 Dick Pugh (Meteorites)
  12:30-1:30 Jack Powell (Petrified wood)
  2-3 Max Hatfield (Maintaining your rock saw)

If you go...
The show is going on Friday and Saturday from 10 to 5, and Sunday from 10 to 4, at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick.

Daily admission is $5 for adults, and kids under 14 get in free. Adults can also buy a  weekend pass for $12 that will be good for all three days of the event.