The Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show will be held Aug. 19 to Aug. 21 at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.

The first 75 ladies in attendance each day will receive a free strand of pearls. Children will be given a small bag of rocks to add to or start a collection. “It’s just our way of saying thank you for attending,” said Jean Miller, owner and coordinator of the gem show. “We welcome seniors and families, too, giving them an opportunity to see and learn more about how Mother Nature makes these unique creations.”

There will be a Sunday drawing at 2 p.m. for a dark gray Sepatrian Nodule from Madagascar. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. (Ball-like Sepatrian Nodules began life as sedimentary slime at the bottom of a cretaceous sea 50 to 70 million years ago.)

At noon every day, paleontologists will give a talk about dinosaurs. Also, this year will be Thunder Eggs, Oregon’s state rock and the Sunstone, Oregon’s state gem. For jewelry makers, there will be a vast quantity of beads in a rainbow of colors, shapes and sizes.

Hours for the show are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The Seaside Civic and Convention Center is located at 415 1st Ave.

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