71st annual Gem-O-Rama set for Oct. 13-14

Great news for rockhounds—the 71st annual Gem-O-Rama is set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14, at the Searles Lake Gem and Mineral Society Lapidary and Show Building, at the corner of Main Street and Trona Road in Trona.

The show opens at 7:30 a.m. both days, and closes at 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the show is free, and all are welcome.

Field trips to gather special minerals are available, but you will need to register early. The trips go to selected Searles Lake locations, only open to the public for mineral collecting this one time per year, by special arrangement with Searles Valley Minerals. Tours of the Searles Valley Minerals’ plant will also be available.

For more information, see www1.iwvisp.com/tronagemclub, or call Jim or Bonnie Fairchild at 760-372-5356.

Show activities include 21 dealers, 50 exhibits, geode cutting and sales, demonstrations, games, gem dig and free parking. There will be a grand prize drawing and hourly door prizes. Lunch and dinner will be available for purchase in the cafeteria in the show building. Snacks and drinks will also be offered for sale.

Nearby, a pancake breakfast will be served at Trona Community Church, two blocks north of the show. For early birds, breakfast hours will be Saturday from 6-10 a.m. and Sunday from 6-9 a.m. The cost is $5 per adult or youth and $3 per child younger than 7.

Come on out and wear your grubbies so you can get out there and get gloriously gunky finding your own hanksite crystals in the mud. Rain boots or at least disposable sneakers are the order of the day.

Hanksite is found only one other place on the planet—and that’s in Africa. This is unique local geology up close and personal. Bring stuff to wash up with afterward, and clean shoes to change into, because that salt will be irritating on your skin after a while.

The show itself is nice and clean, for those of you who prefer to not get dirty. There is always a wonderful selection of gorgeous rocks and minerals, books, tools, jewelry parts, finished jewelry, beads and craft items and anything you can think of related to rocks, minerals, fossils and gems.

From kids with a rock collection to the most demanding aficionado to metaphysical crystal lightworkers to the merely curious, this show is always great and always worth a trip to Trona.

The Searles Lake Gem and Mineral Society was founded in 1939 as a nonprofit organization to foster public interest in the lapidary arts and geology, especially the geology of saline minerals.

Story First Published: 2012-10-03