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The 2018 KGMS Show was a huge success, a big thank you to all of you that attended!

Please Note- I am a past Show Chair for the KGMS Rock and Mineral Show and I am currently a member of the Kalamazoo Geological and Mineral Society (KGMS).

The Kalamazoo Rock, Gem, Jewelry and  and Mineral Show

One of the largest and best attended shows in Michigan

Always on the weekend before Mother’s Day

(Either the last weekend of April or the first weekend in May)

Join me May 3 -5, 2019 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The KGMS Rock, Gem, Fossil and Mineral Show a great event for the whole family!

Bigger in 2019! With two large rooms, totally 40,000 square feet, the KGMS  Show qualifies as a major midwest rock and mineral show. It is one of the best attended and largest shows in Michigan. KGMS is anticipating over 40 booths of vendors, activites and attractions.

The Kalamazoo Geological & Mineral Society  (KGMS) annual Show is held at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center, 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI

The Show always takes place the weekend before Mother’s  Day (Either the last weekend of April or the first weekend in May)

Vendor contact mailto: KGMSvendors@gmail.com -

website - www.kalamazoorockclub.org

The 2019 Show celebrates the 60th Rock and Mineral Show presented by the Kalamazoo Geological and Mineral Society.

I'm not really authorized to tell you this, but KGMS has secured 40,000 square feet of show space for the 2019 KGMS Show. That means a bigger show than in 2018 with more vendors and activates, plus, we hope, some extra special attractions. In all we anticipating over 40 booths of vendors, activities and attractions. There should be about 50 member and museum displays. Save the May 3-5 dates now, this is one show you will not want to miss! You just might see a few faces from the TV world too.

A Little History:

KGMS  started back in 1957, with their very first Rock & Mineral Show held in 1958. With the exception of one year, KGMS has had a Rock and Mineral show every year since 1958.

I became involved with KGMS around 2009. Working the show as a volunteer is fun, I like talking to all the various attendees and sharing the hobby.

How to plan your visit:

Here are a few thoughts. I am certain I will be rewriting this page more than a few times.

Rock and mineral shows are not just about acquaring minerals. They are opportunities for people to educate themselves in the hobby and spend a little time with people that like and enjoy the same things they do. With various levels of expertise, venders, society members, lectures and even other visitors can be excellent sources for learning.

The KGMS Show has had excellent attendance in the past few years. Which makes it harder to spend time just talking with a dealer.  But, show crowds are lighter on Sunday morning, that is usually when I have a few minutes to take photos. It is also the best time to talk to the dealers and get some additional mineral education.

Engage with the demonstrators, educational exhibitors and KGMS members around the show.  We love to share our hobby with others.

For specimen identification try the volunteers at the specimen table. The specimen table booth often has WMU geology student helping and this is where you can often find the society's geologist hanging out.

If everything goes well, 2019 will have some exceptional attractions. You should plan on spending a little more time than normal at the show.

Minimally, plan to spend two hours at the show but some people love the show so much they will spend several hours and come back daily to engage in the show's activities.

The Society gives a free Petoskey stone  to anyone that wants to polish it during the show. Members will guide you in the polishing process but it will take time to make it a completely polished stone. It is a fun activity to do as you wait for others in your party to finish elsewhere.

The geode cracking areas is another popular area operated as a fundraiser for the society.  Select a geode from the pile and see it cracked open at the show, it is always a thrill discovering what is inside.

If you are coming to Kalamazoo to see the KGMS Rock and Mineral Show why not make it a multiday getaway?