Tucson 2013 – Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show
The normally blue skies in Tucson, Arizona, had turned gray by the time we arrived at our first venue of the annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, a group of tents arranged in a gravelly vacant lot on Oracle Street near downtown. The sign declared everything to be of Moroccan origin and my first thought was, ‘How did they lug all this stuff here from Morocco?’ We are talking rocks, you know.
It was later suggested that their wares stay in this country and travel to various shows in the southwest so it’s not like they have to shlep it back and forth from north Africa all the time.
We next visited a hotel, the Hotel Tucson City Center, which was entirely taken over by vendors, both inside, and out around the pool. This was a much more polished presentation than what we had seen earlier. Here there was everything from jewelry to wall hangings to dressed up fossils to sculpture and more. And a few hefty price tags, as well.
Browse through the photos below to get a feel for the event. And if you plan to ever visit the show, don’t think you can catch it all in just one day. Or two. Or even three. It goes on for two weeks at forty sites around Tucson, so allow some time.