Gem and mineral dealers and rock hounds from across the United States will converge on Franklin for the 48th Annual Macon County Gemboree which opens July 25. The event will be held at the Macon County Community Building located just south of Franklin off U.S. Highway 441. This gem and mineral show is the second oldest event of its kind in the Southeast, is well known across the nation. The event is a 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 lead to the success of this show,” said Linda Harbuck, executive director of the Franklin Chamber. “Our dealers this year come from all over the country and will have a tremendous variety of items for sale.” Harbuck is cochair of the event along with Jack Jungle of the Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin.
Those attending this year’s Gemboree will find an unmatched selection of fine jewelry, rough and cut gems and minerals, a wide variety of beads, lapidary equipment, fossils and will even be able to observe the fine art of faceting stones and more through demonstrations. Hourly door prizes will also be given away throughout the run of the Gemboree.
The 48th Annual Macon County Gemboree will run from Thursday, July 25, through Sunday, July 28. 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. Daily admission is $2 for adults with those ages 12 and under admitted free. A Run-of-Show Ticket is also available for the event. This special pass is only $5 and will allow you admission to the event all four days for one low price.
For more information on the 48th Annual Macon County Gemboree, contact the Franklin Chamber of Commerce toll free at (800)336-7829 or (828)524-3161.