The Tule Gem and Mineral Society held their 57th annual rock and gem show Jan. 19-20 at the Exeter Memorial Building.
The show is the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
“This year was really well attended,” said club member Debbie Havner. “We had a lot of people come through on Saturday.”
Rocks and gems were not the only thing on display. Club members gave demonstrations on rock polishing, rock cutting and jewelry making.
“It’s not just about rocks. We have a lot of bling,” said Havner.
Club member Laura Riggs said, “We do the show to raise money for the club, but we also do it for the community. We want to educate them about rock hounding and all the different types of stone and gems there are out there.”
Riggs explained that “rock hounding” is when a group gets together for an overnight camping or day trip to look for rocks.
“It’s a great way to socialize and meet new people. Not everyone likes to camp so we do day trips. There is a lot to be found in this area.” Riggs said.
The club meets every first Monday of the month at the Farmersville Senior Citizen Center, located at 444 N. Gene St. in Farmersville. Dues are $28 per year for adults and $5 per year for anyone under the age of 18.
Members are treated to free rock polishing and cutting workshops.
“We also have a silversmith come in a couple of times a year and people that teach wire wrapping and beading,” said Riggs. “Anyone can come and join us. We are happy campers and just enjoy getting together. We really encourage people to bring their children we want to keep the club going.”