The Last Day of the 68th Humboldt Gem and Mineral Show


It was the last day for the Humboldt Gem and Mineral Show this Sunday, which is hosted by the Gem and Mineral Society.

This annual Humboldt tradition had a huge turnout over the weekend.

“We have had probably about 10,000 people come through here, I mean, on Friday, there were over 1500 kids,” Karen Burdick, a current member and former vice president of the Humboldt Gem and Mineral Society said.

Burdick and her husband have been collecting minerals and crafting beautiful jewelry out of them for years now.

“It’s a wonderful group of people, we enjoy being a part of it […] we’ve been a part of it for the last 20 years,” Burdick said.  

This educational and eye-catching show has been going on for 68 years, showing people of many ages, especially kids, the wonders of earth sciences.

The building at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds, was filled with gemstones, rocks, beads, fossils and mineral specimens but the most popular display was the geode cutting booth. 

“Our geodes are the ones that are really impressive for the kids, you know, they get to go pick a geode and then have it cut and they see what’s on the inside,” Burdick said. “That is just the most amazing thing for these kids.”