Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Gemboree Back in Rocky

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Gemboree Back in Rocky

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Byline: Steph Allen

Gemboree 2019

When: April 19-22. Friday: 12pm-5pm. Saturday: 9am-5pm. Sunday: 9am-5pm. Monday: 9am-2pm.

Where: Rockhampton Showgrounds

FOR the first time in 17 years, the Gemboree is returning to Rockhampton.

This year, the 55th National Gem and Mineral Show will be held at Rockhampton Showgrounds and publicity officer Pat Handley expects crowds of at least 3000 to pour into the four-day event.

"We've made a big effort," Ms Handley said.

When the event kicks off on April 19, there will be around 60 traders from around Australia selling jewellery, gems, rocks, minerals and fossils to keen collectors.

There are also 60 caravanners who will be trading their interesting finds from their vans and at stalls.

"There will be gem traders from the (Gemfields) who will be making a cavern of gems," Ms Handley said.

"There will be about 10 traders from the Central Highlands and they'll have a movie theatre showing the Gemfields and what they do.

"With the Gemboree there will be 110 entries displayed from the competition with entrants from all over Australia in 130 sections.

"There will be displays from the Queensland Boulder Opal Association and the Australian Opal Association with Lightning Ridge, and TAFE and CQUniversity will have displays of jewellery."

There will also be a number of exhibitions, demonstrations and lectures every couple of hours and a kids' corner where children can make their own pet rocks.

Food vans will be available and on Friday night there will be an auction of eight pieces of jewellery, with the funds raised going towards the QCWA Rural Crisis fund.

The public are invited to come along for a gold coin entry.

On Friday night there will be entertainment and games of trivial pursuit will be run with Easter egg prizes up for grabs. …

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