Gem and mineral show returns to southern Illinois April 9 and 10

The Southern Illinois Earth Science Club will hold its annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show at the Marion Pavilion on April 9 and 10.

Hours for the show are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 10. Admission is $2 (18 and under free). The Pavilion is located behind the Illinois Centre Mall off Route 13, west of I-57 and there is ample free parking.

This is the only club-sponsored Gem and Mineral show south of Springfield. It is an educational as well as an entertaining event. Club members from all over southern Illinois will have many interesting exhibits for the whole family to see. This is our first show since 20l9.

Returning this year will be an exhibit of fossils from the Middle Tennessee Museum of Natural History. Some of what they bring to earth science shows are both real and museum-quality replica casts of T-Rex, Dire wolf and Saber-tooth cat skulls.

The Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum will have an educational exhibit of some of their fantastic fluorite, and information about their museum. There will be exhibits of minerals, fossils, Indian artifacts, gemstones, jewelry, shells and lapidary work. There will be working demonstrations of lapidary skills, jewelry making, gem tree making, arrowhead making, and silent auctions will be held and door prizes awarded.

Beautiful fluorescent mineral light shows will be given throughout the show. Selected dealers will have items for sale.

Rockhounds of all ages will have a fun time. To learn more about the Southern Illinois Earth Science Club visit or find us on Facebook at Southern Illinois Earth Science Club.