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Calling all rock hounds, fossil hunters, jewelers, scouts and families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Paige Southerland, 317.234.5078, psoutherland@indianamuseum.org

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Museum will host its 15th annual fossil, gem and mineral show GeoFest on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place in the museum, located at 650 W. Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis.

GeoFest, presented by Indiana-based Irving Materials, Inc. (IMI) will feature geology experts, exhibitors, chances to win geo prizes and hands-on activities that include making your own geode, discovering how rocks and minerals are used in everyday life, building crystalline structures and comparing your speed against ice age animals. Participants will also have the chance to explore the museum’s natural history galleries.

GeoFest is a great opportunity to see and buy amazing gems, minerals and fossils, and to learn about the Earth through our exhibitions and special activities offered by the museum and earth science organizations from throughout the state,” said Peggy Fisherkeller, curator of geology.  “Many of the exhibitors will have just returned from one of the country’s premiere gem and mineral shows in Tucson, Arizona, so GeoFest will be the first opportunity to see treasures from all over the world.”

This year’s participants are listed below:

Vendors

NAYAB Gems and Minerals
Khyber Gemstones
Jox Rox
Nature’s Spectrum Gems
Harris Precht Minerals
Oh My! Jewelry
Hi Ho Gems and Crystals
Lavin’s Gems and Jewelry
M&R Trading, Inc.
PaleoScene
Savage Creations
Kathleen Clausen
Redivius
Indiana Gold Prospectors
Wonders of the Earth
Karen Angela Cox-Ford
Transparent Gem
Michigan Rocks and Minerals
All My Relations
Woodies Rock Shop
Crawfordsville Crinoids

Organizations

IMI
Professional Geologists of Indiana
Indiana Geological Survey
Friends of Mineralogy
500 Earth Science Club and Indiana Society of Paleontology

GeoFest is included with museum admission. Group rates are available. School group and home school group reservations are required to receive free admission. A scout admission price of $5 per person for all scouts and their families is being offered.

For more information, please call the museum at 317.232.1637 or visit online at indianamuseum.org.

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The Indiana State Museum is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It is Indiana’s museum for science, art and culture, offering a place where you can celebrate, investigate, remember, learn and take pride in Indiana’s story in the context of the broader world. Even the building is a showcase of the best Indiana has to offer in architecture, materials and sculpture. Easy and convenient parking is available in the attached underground garage.

Posted by Megan Simpson at 6:00 AM