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Free fun at Bays Mountain gem show

Staff Report • Jul 12, 2013 at 2:46 PM

The Kingsport Gems and Minerals Society is presenting a free afternoon of geology-related activities for all ages Saturday and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. at Bays Mountain Nature Center.

There will be no charge to enter Bays Mountain Park or attend the show taking place both Saturday and Sunday.

As in years past, there will be displays of many interesting rocks and minerals for visitors to look over and learn about. Exotic crystals, fluorescent minerals and gorgeous micro-mounted specimens to view under a stereo microscope are just the beginning. You can watch club members facet a gem stone or polish a colorful agate in a cabbing demonstration.

Geodes will be available for purchase, with special equipment on hand to crack it in half revealing beautiful crystals inside your rock. Group members will also demonstrate wire wrapping and jewelry making techniques. A special sandbox “seeded” with neat rocks will be available for young children to hunt through. You can even bring in an unknown rock for identification. Every half hour, everyone present will be eligible for a free drawing for prizes.

For the collector and budding rock hound, inexpensive specimens will be available for “dirt” cheap prices. Teachers can sign up for a free classroom specimen kit that will be delivered to them before school resumes for the fall.

If you ae planning a visit to Bays Mountain to attend nature programs, ride the lake barge and attend a planetarium show remember there are some special free activities to add to your enjoyment Saturday and Sunday.

Bays Mountain is located off I-26 at exit 3 (old 181 exit 52). Follow the park signs along Reservoir Road for roughly 3 miles to the park entrance. For more information, call 229-9447.

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