FLASHBACK: Leah and Neville Wright, from Wattle Camp, at the first South Burnett Gem Show in 2019

April 9, 2020

People searching for a unique Mother’s Day gift will have lots to choose from this weekend.

The South Burnett Gem Show – which had to be cancelled last year due to the pandemic – will be making a welcome return at Kingaroy Showgrounds on Saturday and Sunday.

More than 40 stalls will be filling the inside and outside of the Kuck’s Pavilion, offering many things rarely seen anywhere else in the region.

The show is run by the South Burnett Gem and Fossicking Club (SBGFC) and it drew big attendances when it had its first outing in 2019.

In the two years since then, SBGFC members have had several exhibitions of their jewellery creations at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery.

And this weekend the general public will get another chance to see them.

However, the Gem Show has a lot more to offer than just hand-crafted jewellery.

Visitors can also look over extensive displays of minerals and gem rocks like thunder eggs and opals that SBGFC members have collected on fossicking trips all over Australia.

There’ll also be demonstrations and expert advice on all matters relating to gem hunting, plus hands-on sand sieving and thunder egg cutting for children to enjoy.

Those who fancy a bit of bartering will also find trade stalls selling everything from lapidary equipment to raw materials for gem-making.

Food and drinks will also be available in the grounds, and there’ll be lucky door prizes and raffles as well.

The Gem Show will run from 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday, April 10, and 9:00am to 2:00pm on Sunday, April 11.

Admission is just $5 for adults, and children aged 12 or below can get in for free.

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