Easter rock and gem show to shine
IT has come a long way since 1967 when it was just a group of rock hounds sitting around a table comparing gems at a caravan park.
Rupe Wissemann, of Preston Peaks, has travelled to the event since it’s existence and couldn’t imagine being anywhere else for Easter other than at the Easter Rock Swap Gem and Jewellery Show.
“I mainly come because I enjoy the company here,” Mr Wissemann said.
Not many years later he was joined by Syd Woodrow, who is president of the Warwick and District Lapidary Club and is now the event organiser.
There is not a lot of swapping anymore as most of the rocks are for sale along with many other great items to fossick through.
“Everything is going really well and it looks like it’s going to be a very big crowd with a lot of caravans outside,” Mr Woodrow said.
The Warwick Showgrounds were filling up quickly as Mr Woodrow spoke to the Daily News yesterday as travellers came to the Rose City from as far south as Melbourne and as far east as New Zealand.
With the rain about Mr Woodrow said residents had nothing to fear as the event always ran rain, hail or shine as he remembered the show going on when it was flooding one Easter.
There will be stalls with rough and cut gemstones, semi-precious rock, minerals and fossils, jewellery and settings, collectables, arts and crafts, books and lapidary requirements.
There will be an auction on Saturday night at the Douglas Feez Pavilion with proceeds going to Blue Care and plenty of fun for the kids as they can explore the Junior Fossicker’s corner from 10am to 2pm each day.
Open to the public tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday from 9am.
The pavilion will be open until 5pm tomorrow and Saturday and the event closes at 4pm Sunday.
Auction from 7pm Saturday with free entry.
Plenty of drinks and snacks available.
Free junior fossicker’s corner.