The Parksville Rock and Gem Show is back.
After cancelling the show last year due to COVID-19, Parksville & District Rock and Gem Club is again staging the popular event, Oct. 30-31 at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.
“We have been under the weather just like everyone else during the COVID and this is our first foray back,” said past president July Mitchell. “It’s our major fundraiser.”
The event will feature a myriad of vendors, who will showcase their many finished products, as well as demonstrations of lapidary and jewelry, displays, educational programs, silent auction, door prizes, children’s activity centre and more.
One of the show’s guests is Port Alberni’s Ken Porteous, who will demonstrate the ancient art of flint-knapping.
Mitchell said, this is also an opportunity to inform the community about what the Parksville & District Rock and Gem Club is all about and the things that they do.
“We had to make adjustments to the show this year,” said Mitchell. “We don’t have vendors coming from the other places so it’s going to be more local people and from Vancouver Island. But some really good vendors, really talented jewelry makers and lots of people who offer really interesting rock specimens.”
The show will also be selling refreshments that include soup, sandwiches, sweets and drinks.
Mitchell said they will be enforcing COVID-19 protocols. People wanting to attend the show will be required to produce vaccination passports and identification cards.
Admission to the show is $3 per person, and children under 12 can enter free with an adult.
All proceeds from the show go back into the club.