Gemboree returns to Macon

art gemboreeGem, mineral dealers and rock hounds will converge on the 48th annual Macon County Gemboree July 25-28 at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. Hours for the event are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.


The gem and 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.

Those attending this year’s Gemboree will find an unmatched selection of fine jewelry, rough and cut gems and minerals, and a wide variety of beads, lapidary equipment and fossils. Attendees will be able to observe the fine art of faceting stones and more through demonstrations. Hourly door prizes will also be given away throughout weekend.

Admission is $2 for adult, with those ages 12 and under free. A “Run-of-Show” ticket is only $5 and will allow you admission to the event all four days for one low price.

The event is a joint effort of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin. 

800.336.7829 or 828.524.3161.

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