Castle Rock Fairgrounds to host 48th-annual rock and gem show

Town Crier

Those seeking out local family-friendly events can look forward to the Southern Washington Mineralogical Society’s rock and gem show later this month in Castle Rock.

Held Sept. 21 and 22 at the Castle Rock Fairgrounds, the show will be free to all who wish to attend and features geological spectacles on display as a special "Gem Dig" for kids and door prizes every half hour.

A silent auction will also be taking place and a live auction at 3 p.m. on Sept. 21 with a large number of samples expected to be on display. Items for bidding will include obsidian, Arizona petrified wood, agate and geodes, among many others. A raffle will also be taking place to raise funds for an annual scholarship made available to students seeking to study earth sciences.

There will also be many vendors participating selling rock-and-gem-related items such as tools, jewelry, and rough rocks. An extensive number of items are expected to be on display by members of the society.

Those interested in learning more can feel free to call Alice Watkins at (360) 577-0597. The fair will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 21 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Castle Rock Fairgrounds at 120 Fair Ln.