The Wayne County Gem and Mineral Club will host the 26th annual GemFest on June 1-2 at the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center, 250 W. Bloomfield Road.
Admission is $3 for adults, or free for ages 11 and younger. Scouts and Scout leaders in uniform can attend for free.
The family event showcasing minerals, fossils, gemstones, beads and jewelry will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 1 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 2.
One of the community-oriented club’s primary objectives is science education, in particular geology, minerals, fossils and the world. The objective is to show that geology can be fun.
At GemFest, club members provide hands-on experiences through soapstone carving and wire wrapping, rock painting with a local artist, a scavenger hunt, an operating sluice, a 6-foot dinosaur, a show on fluorescent minerals, educational exhibits, geodes to cut, and giveaways. Mineral, fossil and jewelry vendors are encouraged to interact with kids asking about items at their booths.
WCGMC consists of people who enjoy collecting minerals and fossils, and getting together to share their common interest. The group meets monthly in Newark, has a club workshop in Wolcott and organizes frequent collecting trips. Its monthly newsletter describes club activities, and links members with others in New York and surrounding states who enjoy the hobby. Visit wcgmc.org for information.