Rock & Gem Show Schedule of Events – times are subject to change

Mar
23
2024

Free Rock Painting (Kids Under 12)

Children under 12 can paint a rock for free! Come express your creative side and take home your own painted rock! Saturday & Sunday 9-3, outside behind the Albert Lyon Center. One rock per child per day. Supplies are limited. Repeats on Sunday.

Sierra County Fairgrounds
Mar
23
2024

Sapphire Panning

Screen for Montana sapphires! The sapphire-bearing gravel was mined in the Rock Creek mining district of Granite County, Montana.  An expert screener (“panner”) will pre-wash your sample – then the fun begins – you search the pile for these precious gems. $5 per bag. Sapphire quantities are limited. Outside behind the Albert Lyon Event Center.

Sierra County Fairgrounds
Mar
23
2024

Field Trip to Hatch

Gather at the front of the Albert Lyon Event Center to depart for our rockhounding field trip to SCRAGS’ claim near Hatch, NM. You will be able to collect barite, calcite, other beautiful rocks and minerals, and fossils. There are petroglyphs a short drive away. Trips will depart from the Sierra County Fair Barn at …

Sierra County Fairgrounds
Mar
23
2024

Presentation: Yes, Rocks Can Heal Your Body and Raise Your Spirits

Speaker: Janet Perrone, Ayuruvedic Practitioner Inside the Albert Lyon Event Center

Sierra County Fairgrounds
Mar
23
2024

Gold Panning

Pan for simulated gold for free! Sponsored by the New Mexico Goldminers Association. You can also purchase panning sand with genuine gold from the NMGA! Visit their booth to learn more about gold panning from local experts and purchase equipment for your new favorite hobby. Outside behind the Albert Lyon Event Center.

Sierra County Fairgrounds
Mar
23
2024

Presentation: Overview of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum in Socorro, NM

Speaker: Cynthia Connelly, Education Outreach Manager, New Mexico Bureau of Geology Inside the Albert Lyon Event Center

Sierra County Fairgrounds
Mar
24
2024

Gold Panning

Pan for simulated gold for free! Sponsored by the New Mexico Goldminers Association. You can also purchase panning sand with genuine gold from the NMGA! Visit their booth to learn more about gold panning from local experts and purchase equipment for your new favorite hobby. Outside behind the Albert Lyon Event Center.

Sierra County Fairgrounds
Mar
24
2024

Free Rock Painting (Kids Under 12)

Children under 12 can paint a rock for free! Come express your creative side and take home your own painted rock! Saturday & Sunday 9-3, outside behind the Albert Lyon Center. One rock per child per day. Supplies are limited.

Sierra County Fairgrounds
Mar
24
2024

Field Trip to Hatch

Gather at the front of the Albert Lyon Event Center to depart for our rockhounding field trip to SCRAGS’ claim near Hatch, NM. You will be able to collect barite, calcite, other beautiful rocks and minerals, and fossils. There are petroglyphs a short drive away. Trips will depart from the Sierra County Fair Barn at …

Sierra County Fairgrounds
Mar
24
2024

Presentation: Geology of the Truth or Consequences Area

Speaker: Bruce Cox, Geologist Inside the Albert Lyon Event Center

Sierra County Fairgrounds
Mar
24
2024

Sapphire Panning

Screen for Montana sapphires! The sapphire-bearing gravel was mined in the Rock Creek mining district of Granite County, Montana.  An expert screener (“panner”) will pre-wash your sample – then the fun begins – you search the pile for these precious gems. $5 per bag. Sapphire quantities are limited. Outside behind the Albert Lyon Event Center.

Sierra County Fairgrounds
Mar
24
2024

Presentation: Identification of Minerals – A Systematic Approach for in the Field or at Home

Speaker: Mike Eatough, Retired Mineralogist/Geologist Inside the Albert Lyon Event Center

Sierra County Fairgrounds