The 38th annual Geodeland Earth Science Clubs, Inc.'s (GESCI) Rock, Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show will be held Saturday-Sunday, March 10-11 in the Western Illinois University Union Grand Ballroom. Admission and parking are free, but a free-will donation is used to obtain feature displays for each year's show.
This year's theme is "Digging the Past: Fossils from Around the World," and highlights a program by WIU Assistant Professor of Geology Thomas Hegna.
The special exhibit includes examples of specimens of unusual fossils from the collections of club members and dealers. The GESCI show will include 10 dealers in minerals, fossils, jewelry and equipment. There will be displays of fossils and related minerals, as well as geodes, minerals, artifacts and many other earth science objects. The displays will include items found in our own backyards here in Western Illinois, as well as those that come from around the world.
The event's registration table will have a map of dealers, and children can pick up two tickets there – one for a free spin at the spin and win game and the other for a free turn at the fossil dig. Additional tickets for the spin and win game can be purchased for 25-cents each or five for $1.
This year's event will again include a silent auction with rocks and minerals.
For more information, visit geodeland.com or call Jackie Sullivan at (309) 313-2826 or J.C. and Donna Moore at (309) 231-1952 or (309) 231-2116.