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Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2012 1:44 am | Updated: 12:01 am, Wed Oct 10, 2012.

JOSHUA TREE — The 37th annual Gem and Mineral Show is up, running and ready for visitors. The popular show boasted a record opening day Wednesday, Oct. 3, before the afternoon wind drove patrons away.

The show runs through Sunday, Oct. 7.

Vendors include travelers from all over the country, as well as many rockhounding, jewelry-making and bead-threading local artists who show their wares here every year.

“I’ve been doing this for 15 years; it’s a great show,” Bob Fitzpatrick, owner of Earth Gems, said Thursday.

Fossils are a popular item at the Gem and Mineral Show, thanks to vendors like Yohannes Truneh of San Francisco, who displays fossilized shells and this year features a carved stone sink made of fossil-bed material.

The show is a unique opportunity to shop for jewelry-making tools and supplies as well as finished products. It also makes a field-trip destination for young students. King’s Schools of Palm Springs sent a group of students on a rock and mineral scavenger hunt Thursday. The kids each had a list of rocks and mineral to find at the show.

This year is the first time that the Joshua Tree Sportsman’s Club and the Hi-Desert Rockhounds of the Morongo Basin have joined forces to present the show. Stop by the rockhounds’ booth to see polished agates and other displays.

The Sportsman’s Club is selling breakfast, lunch and dinner.

There are many other products for sale at the show besides rocks. You can find flags, hats and knick-knacks of all kinds. Susan Holloway Designs carries incense in addition to her fine jewelry and beaded hummingbirds.

The inside bingo hall is also filled with vendors, so don’t forget to go inside and take a break from the sun.

Two children’s bikes and many other prizes will be offered as prizes.

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