From benitoite to topaz, nearly all the gems and minerals an expert can name are featured in the annual show which includes jewelry, exhibits, speakers, demonstrations, and lots of gold.
“Beautiful crystals and gemstones will be on display in both the vendor booths as well as the Museum’s extensive collection,” say organizers. Visitors can look forward to rock cutting, gold panning, kids’ activities, food, and a raffle.
Members of the Mariposa Gem & Mineral Club will be cutting geodes throughout the show to see what interesting surprises they can find inside, and the Club will run a raffle at their booth in Sequoia Hall.
The Mariposa County Fair Grounds and State Mining & Mineral Museum are located 2 miles south of Mariposa on Highway 49.
Visitors can enjoy the museum, check out the mine tunnel, explore rocks and minerals at the touch table and see a gold camp with real gold miners, along with a wide array of gemstone jewelry and rough mineral and rock specimens.
Admission to the festivities is still just $3 and kids get in free. Parking is also free, and your paid admission to the Gem & Mineral Show covers museum admission as well.
On Saturday hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.