Although the downtown Tucson portion of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show gets a lion’s share of the attention, a number of satellite shows around the area have grown in popularity.
Marana will again host the Miners Co-Op Rock Show in the Mike Jacobs Sports Park Parking Lot, which was the location of the show in 2016.
Laura Cortelyou, the tourism and marketing manager for the Town of Marana, said a number of shows have moved away from the downtown area and the town is happy to play a part in the event that brings so many people, and their money, to southern Arizona.
“We expect Marana hotels to fill up for the Gem and Mineral Show,” Cortelyou said. “We’re very happy that Miners Co-Op Rock Show chooses to hold its exhibition in Marana, where it is easy to find along the I-10 and also close to restaurants and other places to visit in Marana.”
Cortelyou said that traffic issues and the overall crowded nature downtown has led to people looking for other venues.
The Marana show will feature over 40 vendors and look for sellers who possess “old timer knowledge.”
“The Marana Miners Co-Op is a show built around giving miners, rock hounds and artisans selling unique stones, minerals, jewelry and lapidary art an affordable place to set up and show their inventory,” said the show’s website.
The show gives priority to those who are hands-on with their wares. They prefer to feature prospectors and miners who “dig their own material” as well as artists create their own works.
The show will feature cut gems and finished stones for those looking to create their own works of art. The also have minerals, crystals, rough rock and fossils. There will also be plenty of finished pieces of art and jewelry.
“Miners Co-Op has a great selection of vendors and we hope that people in our area who have never taken part in the Gem and Mineral Show will stop by the Miners Co-Op and see why people come from all the world to experience this one-of-a-kind event,” Cortelyou said. “It’s really fun to buy fossils, crystals, gemstones, and jewelry from the people who found and made these precious objects.”