The Lismore Showground will be all a glitter this Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, for the annual Gemfest.
Thousands of crystals, beads, rare fossils and opals will be for sale as well as beautiful jewellery buy a piece ready to wear or select a gemstone and have it set on the day. The wonderful thing about Gemfest is you can purchase direct from commercial dealers or search for treasures among the 100 stalls set up by tailgaters (hobby fossickers).
Lismore Gem and Lapidary Club members will give demonstrations on jewellery making, silver smithing, faceting and wire wrapping all weekend and the kids will have a ball with gem sieving and sand sieving (finders keepers!) and lucky dips. Yummy food and refreshments are available all weekend.
This year there is also something completely new happening. For the first time in the history of Gemfest, the annual Saturday night Cent Auction will be opened up to the general public. The auction is an absolute hoot, where people bet with tickets to try and win prizes. Its a heap of fun and you can walk away with some spectacular bargains, donated by traders throughout the day.
The auction is free and begins at 7pm in the arts and craft pavilion on Saturday night.
Entry to Gemfest is $4 for adults and $1 for children (kids under five free) with free parking available all weekend.