The Bundaberg Gem and Mineral Society’s Gemfair is back this year with traders from around Queensland coming together to showcase minerals, crystals and opals as well as products from local artisans.
Around 50 traders will have stalls at the event, including demonstrations on faceting, glass blowing and woodwork.
The event will be held in the Main Pavilion at the Bundaberg Recreational Precinct tomorrow from 9 am to 4 pm and on Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm.
Secretary and Gemfair Co-Ordinator Jodi Prange said the event is in its 28th year, with thousands expected to attend over the weekend.
“We are hoping to have between 1000 to 2000 people attend over both days,” Jodi said.
“It is a great weekend for people to attend to find out what we do at the Gem Club as well as supporting small businesses including locals.
“We also invite the Bundaberg Potters Group and Woodworking Guild to attend which gives locals an opportunity to see other local community organisations that they can join and become part of.”
Jodi said a number of demonstrations would take place at Gemfair by local organisations.
“There will be demonstrations throughout both days on faceting, glass blowing and woodwork,” she said.
“We are excited to have Michelle Gray be part of the event this year showcasing her beautiful hand blown glass pieces with demonstrations throughout the weekend.
“Matt from VJ Faceting who are based in Childers, will also be doing demonstrations throughout the weekend.
“VJ Faceting are world renowned for the faceting machines and we are lucky enough to have them in our own backyard. “
Looking forward to the range of local product for sale, Jodi said there was something for everyone at the event.
“The Gemfair is a great opportunity to shop for Christmas presents and support small businesses,” she said.
“I personally love buying new mineral specimens as well as stocking up on supplies for the year.
“There will be something for everyone with traders selling minerals and crystals, fine jewellery, handcrafted jewellery, opals, hand blown glass,
pottery, jewellery / hobbyist tools and lapidary supplies
“A crowd favourite is always ‘The Mine' which is located on our club stall.
“The mine is still only 50c a turn and is always popular with the kids, young and old.”
Entry to the Gemfair is $5 for adults and children under 12 are free.
Find out more about the event here.
About the Bundaberg Gem Club
The Bundaberg Gem Club has been operating for 57 years and currently has 110 senior and 30 junior members.
At the Gem Club you can learn about lapidary, faceting, silverwork, wire wrapping and enamelling.
It is a great hobby for young and old with our members currently ranging between eight years to 93 years old.
Sessions run Monday to Saturday.
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