Exotic looking stibnite crystals from China’s Hu Nan province, Peruvian pyrite valuable in appearance to fools and (my personal favorite) GOLD from the mines of California.
After you’ve gorged on fried foods, enjoyed the amusement rides and tried your luck at the many games of chance, take a moment to duck into the Mission Tower building housing exquisite displays of gems, minerals and fossils.
Like taking a trip around the world in well less than 90 days.
The rocks on display are entered in numerous categories — best cases, rough or natural state, specimens from the county and elsewhere,thumbnails, nodules fossils, gemstones, lapidary work jewelery, educational. and many more too numerous to mention.
In the county fair tradition, prizes are awarded after judging.
Docents give guided tours and there’s the opportunity to buttonhole an avid collector to learn more about how they came by their finds.
Don’t know the Malmquist family, but their displays took home many a prize.
Unfortunately, we missed the big contests on Saturday, June 20 for the “Ugliest Rock”. Otherwise, I might have been able to enter that Pet Rock my loving sister gave me for Christmas long ago during the big craze.