College of Arts and Sciences

Rock, Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show March 12-13

March 2, 2011

MACOMB, IL – The 31st Annual Rock, Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, with the theme "Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary Rocks," will be held from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday, March 12 and from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday, March 13 at Western Illinois University's Union Grand Ballroom. Admission and parking are free.

Presented by Geodeland Earth Science Clubs, Inc. (GESCI) of west-central Illinois, the weekend show will include rocks, gems, fossils, minerals and artifacts. Dealers in minerals, fossils, jewelry and equipment will be exhibiting items found anywhere from western Illinois to worldwide. Demonstrators will be presenting skills, including shell engraving, fossil preparation, egg and rock painting, scrimshaw, geode cracking, glass bead making, lampworking and faceting gemstones.

The show features earth science displays; educational programs; lapidary demonstrations; fluorescent displays; door prizes and a silent auction; rock, mineral, fossil and artifact identification; and activities for kids.

A special exhibit this year is the minerals of the Lafayette Funk Collection, from Illinois State University's geology department. It includes a rare blue fluorite, 24-inch crystals, faceted gems and a copper sheet.

GESCI includes seven clubs from west-central Illinois: Central Illinois Gem and Mineral Club of Decatur; Edwards River Earth Science Club of Aledo; Fulton County Rockhounders of Canton; Lincoln Orbit Earth Science Club of Springfield; Peoria Academy of Science, Geology Section; West Central Illinois Rock and Mineral Club of Macomb; Siloam Springs Earth Science Club in Mt. Sterling; and Worthen Earth Searchers of Hancock County in Carthage. The GESCI was created in 1980, and Western Illinois University has been the only site of the gem and mineral show since its inception in 1981.

For more information about the March 12-13 show, contact show chair Regina Kapta, phone (217) 233-1164 or e-mail The dealer chair is Jim Travis, phone (309) 645-3609 or e-mail

Posted By: Jared Dye, University Relations
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