Mars and Lockport may be in different worlds, but the Buffalo Geological Society will bring them together at its 49th annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show this weekend at the Hamburg Fairgrounds.
The annual show will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 25 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 26 in the Market, Grange and State Police buildings at the fairgrounds.
Special focus at this year's show will be on garnets, the New York State gem. Mines in the Adirondacks produce more than 90 percent of the world's abrasive garnets. Lectures include the "Latest Research on Mars from the Mars Orbiter Project" and the "Geology of Lockport."
The show provides an instant museum of Buffalo Geological Society members' fossils, minerals and jewelry, a "mini-mine" for young collectors and "Grandpa's Corner" for children's crafts. More than 30 dealers will sell gems, beads, minerals, fossils and jewelry. Soapstone carver Sandy Cline will demonstrate his art of carving wildlife forms.
Admission for adults is $5. Scouts in uniform and children under 12 get in free.
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