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Gem and Mineral show runs Friday-Sunday at Carmichael Arena

Check out the huge display of gems, minerals, rocks, fossils, beads, jewellery and lapidary arts
Ruth Debicki shows off a selection of gems and rocks in advance of the 2019 Sudbury Gem and Mineral Show. This year's edition of the show runs July 19-21. (Supplied)

The Sudbury Rock and Lapidary Society presents the 37th Annual Sudbury Gem and Mineral Show at Carmichael Arena July 19-21.

This is Northern Ontario’s largest gem, mineral, rock, fossil, beads, jewellery and lapidary arts show and sale. The show features: dealers, including an outside dealer area on Saturday (weather permitting); displays, including prospecting and metal detecting; demonstrations, including flint knapping and mineral identification; and door prizes. 

There are also kids' activities, a video theatre, silent auctions, free information handouts, and guessing contests. The show is rounded out by a field trip Sunday at noon, and the Greater Sudbury Venturer and Rover Scouts’ barbecue at the show on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. 

One lucky visitor to the show will be the winner of the large Brazilian amethyst geode grand door prize valued at $750. All children attending the show will receive a show favour consisting of a sample of iron formation from the Temagami Iron Mine.  

Featured all weekend at this year’s show is a certified gemologist who will be providing free identification of gemstones whether they are loose gems or set in jewellery.  

This is everyone’s opportunity to determine whether they have a real gemstone or a piece of glass.  

Hours for the show are Friday, July 19, 5 to 9 pm; Saturday, July 20, 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday, July 21, 10 am to 5 pm. 

Admission is adults $5, seniors $3, children six to 12 $1, children five and under free. Weekend passes are available at three days for the price of two days. Parking is free.