Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3, the Lincoln Orbit Earth Science Society (LOESS) will hold its annual "Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show". The show will be held in the Illinois Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. The hours of the show are Saturday - 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday - 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $2.00 for adults, $1.00 for seniors over 65, and Scouts in Uniform, 4-H groups and children under 12 (with an adult) are admitted free.
The special exhibit for this year’s show is Ship Wreck Treasures, by Mel King president of Big Blue Wreck Salvage, Inc. Among others the exhibit contains pieces from the Senora de Atocha, the 1715 fleet, the SS Central America, and the SS Republic. 14 dealers will have Minerals, Fossils, Jewelry and Equipment. There will be more than a dozen demonstrators of a variety of lapidary techniques (wire wrapping, glass bead making, gem tree making, sand bottle making, faceting, and more) - exhibits of fossils, minerals, jewelry, meteorites and geodes - geode cracking - flint knapping - free mineral/rock IDs - a silent auction - many activities for kids - a Gem Flume - fossil preparation demonstrations - a fluorescent mineral display - exhibits from the Illinois State Museum and the Illinois State Geological Survey. On Saturday a swap will be held with a great mix of material from club members.
There is plenty of free parking and food is available for purchase on site.