Fair set to sparkle the city

Demonstrations and dazzling displays will fill the East Devonport Primary School gymnasium on the weekend.

FAIR TIME: Devonport Lapidary Club president Tony Young prepares for the Jewellery, Gem and Mineral Fair. Picture: Cordell Richardson..

TheJewellery, Gem and Mineral Fair is back in Devonport for another year.

Event organiser andDevonport Lapidary Club president Tony Young traders are coming from far and wide showcasing a number of goods.

More than 70 stall are expected to fill the gymnasium.

“People will be selling gems, minerals and jewellery, gem and mineral displays and children’s activities,” he said.

“We have working demonstrations, someone will be there from the club using a faceting machine, how to cut gemstones and also a cabbing machine which makes a pendent.

“Stall holders come down from the mainland, they first do a show in Hobart then the next weekend pack and and come to Devonport before leaving on the boat on Sunday night.”

Mr Young said activities such as gold panning and gem sieving will be available, providing children with opportunities to find treasure.

“We have containers full of sand that is gold baring, we get that around the Wynyard area,” he said.

“The chances are that it is possible they will come across a very small piece of gold.”

Mr Young said children would also be able to discover some hidden gems.

“We mix up gems in the sand and they just work the sieve around, we guarantee they are going to findsomething, small gemstones or small chips.”

“Another thing we have for the young ones is a gem stone scavenger hunt, we will have pictures up of gemstones around the gymnasium and kids will run around and identify from the photo that actual stone.”

The Devonport Lapidary Club celebrate their 50th birthday this year, memorabilia will be an addition to this year’s fair.

The Jewellery, Gem and Mineral Fair will be held over two days this Saturday and Sunday.

Along with stalls and displays therewill be food and drink available to purchase.

The fair will be heldat 19-21 Thomas Street in East Devonport from 9am to 4pm both days.

Adult tickets to the fair are $5, and children can enter free.

Proceeds go towards supporting the next year’s event.

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