Danielle Kent, Narelle, Mary Maddock and Anne Turner at a previous Gemfair event.

The Bundaberg Gem and Mineral Society’s Gemfair is back this year with traders from across Queensland coming together to showcase minerals, crystals and opals as well as products from local artisans.

Around 50 traders will have booths at the event, including faceting, glassblowing and woodworking demonstrations.

The event will take place in the main pavilion of the Bundaberg Recreational Enclosure tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gemfair secretary and coordinator Jodi Prange said the event is in its 28th year and thousands are expected to attend over the weekend.

“We’re hoping to have between 1,000 and 2,000 people in attendance over the two days,” Jodi said.

“It’s a great weekend for people who want to experience what we do at Gem Club and support small businesses, including locals.

“We also invite the Bundaberg Potters Group and the Woodworking Guild to attend, which gives locals the opportunity to see other local community organizations they can join and be part of.”

Jodi said a number of protests would be held at Gemfair by local organizations.

“There will be demonstrations throughout the two days in faceting, glass blowing and woodworking,” she said.

“We are thrilled to have Michelle Gray taking part in the event this year showcasing her beautiful hand blown glass pieces with demonstrations throughout the weekend.

“Matt of VJ Faceting, based in Childers, will also be demonstrating throughout the weekend.

“VJ Faceting is world famous for its faceting machines and we are lucky to have them in our own backyard. “

Looking forward to the range of local produce for sale, Jodi said there was something for everyone at the event.

“The Gemfair is a great opportunity to buy Christmas gifts and support small businesses,” she said.

“Personally, I love buying new mineral specimens and stocking up on supplies for the year.

“There will be something for everyone with traders selling minerals and crystals, fine jewelry, handcrafted jewelry, opals, hand blown glass,
pottery, jewelry/hobbyist’s tools and lapidary supplies

“A crowd favorite is always ‘The Mine’ which is located at our club’s stand.

“The mine is still only 50c per turn and is still popular with children young and old.”

Admission to the Gemfair is $5 for adults and children under 12 are free.

Learn more about the event here.

About the Bundaberg Gem Club

The Bundaberg Gem Club has been in existence for 57 years and currently has 110 senior and 30 junior members.

At the Gem Club, you can learn about lapidary, faceting, goldsmithing, wrapping and enameling.

It’s an ideal pastime for young and old, with our members currently ranging in age from eight to 93 years old.

Sessions take place from Monday to Saturday.

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