BETHEL – The 44th annual Western Maine Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10, at the Crescent Park School. It will be sponsored by the Oxford County Mineral and Gem Association.

The show will feature a wide variety of dealers from Maine and across the United States providing outstanding specimens, jewelry and gem rough. There will be museum quality displays along with a florescent mineral booth.

There will be guided field trips to local mines Saturday and Sunday, leaving at 11 a.m. for those who wish to try their hand at finding their own treasures. There will be hourly door prizes as well as a grand door prize, which will be drawn at the end of the show.

The show will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 9 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 10.There will be a mineral swap at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot in front of the school.

For more information, contact Albert Holden, e-mail [email protected]

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