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Hi All

If you have never been to one of these shows you have no idea what you are missing. The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is the biggest show of this kind on the Planet. Gold Nuggets, meteorites of every type, fossils from complete dinosaurs to the Flintstone house plants and aquarium fish, crystals of every shape color and size, Whopper Gold Nuggets Lapidary equiptment and supplies of all kinds, truck loads of minerals, bus loads of gem stones cut and raw, King Size Gold Nuggets, Books and government publications many out of print, Mining and detecting equiptment, beads, jewelry making accessories Big Honkin Gold nuggets, tektites, geodes, gold specimens, succesful hunters and celebrities, petrified wood by the forest full, great food, nice climate ( hell it's Tucson) one handsome tour guide and did I forget to mention MONSTER NUGGETS !! The grand finally show at the Tucson Convention Center is February 14,15,16 and 17. How at that time many of the hotel displays are starting to close up and leave town. There are no less than 2 dozen hotels that each and every room are open museum displays and multiple football field sized tents , street vendors and parking lots full of assorted rocks, crystals, mineral, gemstones, GOLD NUGGETS, meteorites from all over the world or whatever that vendor is peddling. To truley see all of the show would take weeks. The hotels and vendors start setting up the last few days of January and it runs till the TCC show grand finale February 17th. I think the best days to visit and see the bulk of the vendors would be the weekend of the 9th and 10th and running thru 13th and if you want to see the TCC show stay another day. The Meteorite after hour festivities are still up in the air. The Birthday bash party is usually held on Feb 2 and I think they are trying to change dates and locations on that as well as the Mike Blood meteorite auction. I will keep you all abreast on those developments. Hotel, motel and RV parks get filled quickly many are booked a year or 2 in advance and the prices for existing available rooms get rediculous if available last minute at all. I have a toy hauler parked in my driveway that will sleep 4 comfortably more if need be that has full services. I also have some couches and floor space with showers in the house for those that want to ruff it and don't mind pets and teenagers. There are some near by BLM lands for camping and if there is an interest I will get those directions to those locations to you. All of these locations come with a 25 cent tour of the show and some of the celebrities by one of the handsomest fellows in Tucson. Who will take you to the major Gold nugget, meteorites or any other special interest rooms you wish to see, I may even buy you all lunches as well as a tour of the Flandraus mineral museum and thier special display. I know many may want to prospect and that's OK to maybe if my touring schedule is to heavy I can find a few local volunteers to take you out to some of my secret patches or I can then I won't have to kill them. I may even plan a trip to my gold mine for a day hunt for a famous writer from Reno that several may tag along with us !! I hope all this info helps !! As I said I think the best time is Feb 9th thru the 13th and add a day to see the TCC Show. Happy Huntin John B.

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My wife and I go down from Prescott every year for 4 or 5 days and buy lapidary and jewelry supplies. This is I think the biggest show for minerals, rocks, lapidary supplies, fossils and jewelry in the US, great show. You have to have a retail license to get in some of the shows. Its well worth a trip to see it, prices are more than they used to be, but you can still find bargains if you look hard enough. John

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Hi Grandpa John and All

The first week of the show they used to only allow wholesale and I think some of the Holidome through most of the show is wholesale only (that's where the diamond dealers and big dollar gem stones are). But now most of the show is open to the public and most will discount the purchase with a retail or wholesale license. So anyone don't worry I know how to get around security and the back doors are :outtahere: !! Just bring bail money :laught16: !! Happy Huntin John B.

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Hi John. We plan to be down there on the 5th, 6th, and 7th. Hope we can hook up then. We made reservations

right after last years show. My only worry now is how to keep my wife away from the handsome tour guide. :innocent0002: --Perry--

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Yep, just 8 more weeks and JC Fossils (Jared and myself) will load up the "Fishabago", previously called the "Hooch" when Roger D. owned her, and head for the Ramada Limited room 139. We will get there on January 31st and be open for business by 3pm. As in years past, forum members who stop by get a complimentary fossil fish. Looking forward to seeing a bunch of you pass through on the John B. tour.

We will have the 25 ozt monster Moore Creek nugget with us this year! :happy0045: This nugget will appear in the upcoming Cash & Treasures program on Moore Creek. Be sure to come by and check it out.

Here are a couple of the big boys we will be bringing to the show:

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27" Amia also called a Bowfin, very rare.

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23" Phareodus with an undescribed plant.

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Yep, darn good show. Just a heads up to all you guys from out of town they are doing work on the freeway (I-10) and

most of the on/off ramps will be closed. Alot of the vendors are right along the freeway, so I would take John up on

his offer. By the way this is a 2-3 year project. One lane each way Loads of fun.

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Hi Guys:

I agree the Tucson show in Feb is the best in the world but Quartzite is also a must see if you've never been there before. While Quartzite is a totally different type of show, it is very unique and I highly recommend you visit it also if possible. A small number of dealers go to Quartzite first, then on to Tucson when the shows start there.

Steve

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Hi John B: Have a question?--I did not see Pieter Heydelaar or Debbie Morrissette at the Costa Mesa, California, Gem and Mineral show. I could not find a listing in the Tucson show and wonder if you have any information on them. They were a lways such a pleasure see and had a tremendous display of gold. Hope the are in good health..

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Hi Hammer, Mumbo and All

I haven't seen Pieter since last years show. I know they were pretty dissapionted with small shows. They live in Quartzite when not downunder or traveling. They call themselves Global Treasure and are always set up at the Inn Suites on St Marys and the freeway in Tucson for the entire show. Mumbo since I live here I never tried to camp here. But there is always groups of trailers camped at the base of saginaw hill on Ajo Way west of Tucson. I believe the road is San Juaqine and Ajo Way. That is BLM land I'm pretty sure. There are a number of RV Parks if those are of interest. Happy Huntin John B.

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Hi All

To those that wish to camp on BLM lands down here during this show. Well I looked long and hard for just the right spot for my friends and pals. Well actually it's the only close in spot I could think of. But this camp spot is located right next to some old gold mines on the back side of the Snyder hill . Which I think are not under claim. Also it is the find site of the Snyder Hill Meteorite which was found looking for additional pieces of the Cat Mountain meteorite which was found across the hyway to the south. Sooooooo if your bored by the show or my shining personality you can do a walkabout for gold and space rocks outside the door of your camper. There are also RV parks within a mile or 2 of this location. The location is at the corner of Highway 86 (Ajo Way) and San Joaquin Rd. the north east corner of the intersection is a gravel cut out of Snyder Hill that is frequented by many campers and RVs . It's about 8 or 10 miles from downtown Tucson right off of main highways. To get there is easy take I10 to I19 south to the first exit is hwy 86 Ajo Way turn right or west and continue thru the pass of the Tucson mountains. You will see a small hill in front of you all by itself on your right side 3 or 4 miles out. That is Snyder Hill. The first street past the hill is San Joaquin turn right onto San Joaquin and immediatly turn right again into the gravel area. I'm certain you will have lots of company and other RVers there as well. I just hope it ain't to crowded. If you have any questions feel free to call me at 520-325-8585 or on cell at 520-275-8832 . Happy Huntin John B.

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Hi All

I just wanted to get this topic on top again :coffeetime: . I will be huntin with my acheologist buddy feb 1 until feb 7th :escape: . He called and pleaded for my help and assistance on his Coronado Project :grrr01: . The rolling casino motel will be open the evening of the 7th and a big handsome tour guide that evening as well :shrug: !! If your comming down before the 7th let me know and I'll hook you up with a tour guide till I return :innocent0002: . Happy Huntin John B.

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Hi All,

Hey John looks like the Flandrau going to have a big addition just in time for the gem show. I thought I read

somewhere that this guy had some very large gold specimens I am hoping that I get a chance to check this out.

Tucson, AZ) -- One special local event is opening just in time for the Gem and Mineral Show. The seven-million-dollar collection donated by the estate of Hubert Charles De Monmonier [[ mon-mon-YAY ]] will be open to the public on February ninth, just four days after the official opening of the Gem Show. There are nearly 900 specimens in the entire collection, about a third of which will be on display at the event. The display will be featured at the U of A Flandrau Science Center through the end of May.

Rich

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Hi Guys

Rich the gold in this collection the flandrau just inherited was appraised at over $1,000,000.00 :WOW: !! I just hope they don't tell me to take mine home :sadwalk: . I got RSVP tickets for the grand opening of the show with wine and cheese tasting :woohoo: . I probably won't go wine and cheese makes me fart and I know the bouncers are big dudes :Huh_anim]: !!! Shep my home phone is 520-325-8585 or cell is 520-275-8832 :angry-smiley-010: !! Happy Huntin John B.

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