The Big Spring Prospectors Club will have their 50th Annual Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show next month on March 2nd and 3rd at the Howard County Fair Barn in Big Spring. During the show, there will be dealers with jewelry, rough rock, fossils, gems and minerals will be brought in for the event. Plus, there will also be a working demonstration of how to make glass beads, as well as displays by local members and Midland mineral club will also be at the show.
Admission for the event is free and hourly prizes will be given.
Lola Lamb, Secretary and Treasurer for the local club told KBest News that the Big Spring Prospectors Club had originated in 1968. She stated that it began with a group of six men who were interested in metal detecting for coins, old bullets, buttons, and similar artifacts.
"In 1971 some more of their friends got interested in it, but they were also interested in lapidary. So, it kept growing unti they had enough to have a lapidary section within it. Actually, after that it became more of a gem and mineral club, instead of metal detecting."
Lamb said that, thanks to her mother, she’s been a member of the organization since 1973. She went on to tell KBest News that club is open to anyone who’s interested in the learning, either, how to work the rocks or about just general knowledge about the Earth Sciences around us. Lamb noted that interest in the club had declined quite a bit, but she still finds it fascinating.
Anyone interested in learning more about the Big Spring Prospectors Club is welcomed to attend their monthly meetings, on the 2nd Monday of the month – the next one will be on Feb. 11th at 6:30 PM at their club house located at 606 E. 3rd. St. in Big Spring.