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River Valley Rockhounds to hold 49th annual show

April 22, 2012
By EMILIE NELSON, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

The River Valley Rockhounds will hold their 49th annual gem, mineral and fossil show Saturday and April 29.

This year's show will feature several vendors and collectors from throughout Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota and will offer hundreds of specimens from throughout the world.

"We have dealers from all of Iowa and there will be material from all over the world" said Hugh Carroll, treasurer of the River Valley Rockhounds and a former show chairman.

The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 29 at the Webster County Fairgrounds. 22772 Old Highway 169.

One annual highlight of the show for Carroll are the young rockhounds who come out and the fascination they find in the collections on display.

"We like to do this for the children," Carroll said. "They can bring an egg carton and fill it and take home a dozen things they like."

Carroll expects there to be five to seven vendors with large displays, many of whom are returning exhibitors.

"They like our show," he said. "We'll make room for all who come and most of them return every year."

Carroll expects a few extra people to be in attendance this year as members of the Midwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies will hold their annual meeting at the show Saturday.

"We have a lot of longtime members," said Carroll. "We've had a good run with our show. It's a small show, but it's an active show."

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