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Rock Hounds to Converge on Franklin for 51st Annual Gemboree

Rock Hounds from all across the United States will converge on Franklin, North Carolina for the 51st Annual Macon County Gemboree which opens July 28, 2016 at the Macon County Community Building just off U.S. 23/441 South.  The gem & mineral show is the second oldest event of its kind in the Southeast and is known across the nation as one of the region’s finest events.

The event is joint effort of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin.  “We’ve had a great partnership over the years and that has led to the success of this show,” said Linda Harbuck, Executive Director of the Franklin Chamber.  “Our dealers this year come from twelve states and will have a tremendous variety of items for sale.”

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Those attending this year’s Gemboree will find an unmatched selection of rough and cut gems & minerals, fine jewelry, lapidary equipment, fossils and will even be able to observe the fine art of faceting stones and more through demonstrations by the Gem & Mineral Society.  In fact, more dealers have been added for this year’s show.  “We’ll be utilizing every available space at the Macon County Community Building for the Gemboree,” Harbuck added.  Hourly door prizes will also be given away throughout the run of the event.

The 51st Annual Macon County Gemboree will run from Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31.  Hours for the event are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Daily admission is $2 for adults with those ages 12 & under admitted FREE.  Cards good for $1 off admission are available at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum.

For more information on the 51st Annual Macon County Gemboree, contact the Franklin Chamber of Commerce toll free at 800-336-7829 or 828-524-3161.