Liz Hazell, from Brisbane, with an amethyst geode, one of the many crystals and geodes on her stall

April 9, 2024

The South Burnett Gem and Fossicking Club’s fifth annual gem show attracted a keen crowd of collectors and gem enthusiasts to Wondai Sportsground at the weekend.

Wet weather earlier in the week had threatened to derail the event but didn’t seem to dampen any enthusiasm for the two-day show.

The gem show was officially opened on Saturday morning by South Burnett Mayor Kathy Duff, Deputy Mayor Danita Potter and Cr Ros Heit.

Parts of the sportsgrounds area were roped off to prevent damage to the softened ground, but the Wondai Lions Club Pavilion was packed with stalls.

The “fossicking” area, where children could find mini thundereggs, was as popular as ever.

Club members were cutting and polishing the small stones to reveal their colourful interiors.

Lions Club members were also kept busy at the canteen and barbecue area.

This is the third time the annual event has been held in Wondai.

It attracts everyone from amateur geologists and jewellery makers to people keen to investigate the “power” of crystals.

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Deputy Mayor Danita Potter, Mayor Kathy Duff and Cr Ros Heit opened the gem show on Saturday
Doug Blanch, from Kingaroy, was cutting some pieces of agate
Brian Baker, from Booie, was weaving on the South Burnett Fibre Fashion Collective stall
Troi Thelin, from Tara, was selling hand-made silver jewellery
Former club president Lionel Woodrow, now at Wallaville, came back to Wondai for the gem show
Sandy Taylor, from Murgon, and Doug Blanch with some of the “lucky dip” stones on the club’s stand
Maree van Kuyck and Casey Litfin, both from Kingaroy, were about to take a look around the sportsground
Some spinning action from members of the South Burnett Fibre Fashion Collective
Members of the Wondai Lions Club were keeping patrons well-fed
Club members working at the gate … Lachlan White, Nanango; Glenda Gillanders, Nanango; and Katia Pavlenko, Wondai
A view across the Lions Pavilion, which was packed with stallholders throughout the weekend


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