If you've ever been interested in gem fossicking, lapidary, or metal work, or if you just like shiny things, the Southern Rockhounds Gem, Mineral and Craft Fair is a great way to find out more on what the Rockhounds are about.
They're a community group down in Christie Downs, who enjoy all things to do with gems, minerals, and stones. At the club house you can learn all sorts of things, and take part in different activities. For more info check out our article on the Southern Rockhounds.
The Gem, Mineral, and Craft Fair is on the 3rd and 4th of November, down at the Rockhound clubroom. It'll be a good way to check out the club and the activities offered, but it's also a chance to just enjoy some fun with the family.
There will be activities on the day including gold panning, metal detecting, and kids' fossicking. They're fun to get involved with, but they're also an example of some of the activities you'll get up to on a Rockhounds' field trip. Some of the demonstrations will also give you an idea of the activities available as a Southern Rockhounds member.
At the fair you'll be able to check out a range of market stalls, and you can get things like minerals, crystals, fossils, plants, gems, jewellery, and so much more. Get some jewellery from one of the sellers, or pick up a gem stone to create your own piece with.
Food and drink will also be available, including a barbecue.
Entry to the fair is $2.50 for adults, and $1 for pensioners and students; children under 14 are free. While you're there, ask about membership options and becoming a Southern Rockhound yourself. The fair runs from 10am till 5pm on Saturday, and 10am till 4pm on the Sunday.