Now in its 6<sup>th</sup> year, the 2017 Cache Rock and Gem Show will take place May 11-13, in the auditorium of the Bridgerland Applied Technology College’s (BATC) west campus. Entitled “2017: A Rock Odyssey,” the show is free of charge and welcomes participants of all ages.
“We cater a lot to kids,” said Gary Warren, president of the <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/cacherockandgemclub/?hc_ref=SEARCH”>Cache Rock and Gem Club</a>, which sponsors the show. “Kids are a big thing, and on Thursday and Friday we get 800 to 1,000 kids coming in from the different schools in the area…The kids aren’t just coming in and running around. They’re actually learning, and it’s very interesting. “
Additional activities for children include “Wheel of Fortune,” mystery bags and a treasure hunt. Featured activities for all guests include gold panning, educational exhibits and hands-on demonstrations. Door prizes will be awarded, and there’s also a snack bar.
Welcoming vendors from throughout the state and beyond, the Rock and Gem Show provides visitors with the opportunity to see rocks, minerals and fossils on display and also purchase rocks, rockhounding supplies and jewelry. New this year, said Warren, will be an onsite specialist .
“He is going to be strictly there to help people identify rocks,” Warren said. “So if any of the people out there have rocks they’re unsure of or would like to know a little bit more about, they can go to him and he’ll tell you about them.”
Warren, who lives in Brigham City, is among more than 50 active members of the Cache Rock and Gem Club and has been president of the organization for 10 years. The club meets monthly at Summit Elementary School in Smithfield. Warren said what he likes most about his involvement with the group’s annual rock and gem show is the camaraderie among its participants.
“I like the people that are there,” he said. “There’s people that you find that you would think, ‘Why would you even be here?’ but you find out that they’ve got that interest in rocks and so you get to talk to them and show them around a little bit. I go in there Tuesday afternoon and I’m there until Sunday morning because I’m just part of the show, and I go there and I try and help people. I just enjoy the friendship that’s there.”
The Rock and Gem Show’s hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 11-12, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 13. The BATC is located at 1400 N. 1000 W. in Logan, and event parking is available on the east side of the building. For more information, visit <a href=”http://cacherockgemclub.weebly.com/”>cacherockgemclub.weebly.com</a>.