With the eye on health and safety, the 58th Annual Gem, Jewelry, Fossil and Mineral Show shined over the weekend at the Placer Valley Event Center @the Grounds.
Sparkling gems and minerals twinkled, ornate jewelry flaunted its beauty and million-year-old fossil specimens showcased the wonders of the natural world. For Roseville Rock Rollers Gem & Mineral Society Show Chair Jim Hutchings, the opportunity to hold the tradition meant a lot to the community of vendors, buyers and “treasure seekers.”
With the green light issued by the Placer County Department of Public Health, Hutchings said the Roseville Rock Rollers had to navigate obstacles presented by COVID-19 precautions. With the ability to relocate the sprawling show to the expansive Placer Valley Event Center and designate itself a swap meet, Hutchings said the rest of the show instinctively came together.
“This community has been putting this show together for years and we have a good steady group of people who wanted to put together a safe show,” Hutchings said. “This is where we share new ideas, introduce new products and have a chance to get together about something we love. We do this at shows organically, but there have been no shows. They have been cut off from their whole world, so to be able to pull this event off means a lot.”
With socially distanced vendors and health and safety precautions initiated by @the Grounds staff, Hutchings noted the positive reaction from guests.
For Gloria Marie, a Rock Roller and owner of Dragonfly Gemz, the opportunity to connect with the community of “rock hounds” was almost an emotional experience. As she reflected on the event a day after, Marie touched upon the sentimental connection people have with the geologic wonders they share.
“Each year, it is heartwarming to see familiar faces, from near and far, all of whom are thrilled to visually and soulfully reconnect with people they know and to hunt for treasures that give them heartfelt joy,” Whether it be; polished stones, rocks, mineral specimens, gemstones, display pieces, hand-crafted jewelry, or just simply walking around to see what is new, their smiles and vocal excitement are rewarding to see and hear.”
The weekend’s Gem, Jewelry, Fossil and Mineral Show was one of the first major public events held @the Grounds since COVID-19 public health orders were issued.
Along with the ability to safely execute social distance guidelines @the Grounds, the new unveiled SAFE. CLEAN. HEALTHY. campaign set guidelines for sanitization requirements, staff and volunteer protocol and signage on best health practices.
To learn addition information about @the Grounds SAFE. CLEAN. HEALTHY. campaign, visit atthegrounds.com/safe.
For additional information about the Roseville rock Rollers and the myriad of programs it conducts, visit rockrollers.com or visit the groups Facebook page.