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Out With Kids: See fossils and crystals, pan for gold at rock and gem show

See fascinating fossils and brilliant mineral crystals, and try your hand at gold panning during the Mount Baker Rock and Gem Club’s 54th annual show that’s free this weekend.

“We’ll have almost 30 displays cases of rocks and fossils and so on,” said club member Bob Deurbrouck.

Some 2,000 visitors are expected during the two-day event, which runs 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 28, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Bloedel-Donovan Park, 2214 Electric Ave.

Among the displays is an area where visitors can see the tools and equipment that rock collectors use to cut and polish plain rocks are into stunning jewelry-quality specimens, and a darkened room that features rocks glowing unnatural colors under fluorescent light.

“That’s always very interesting,” Deurbrouck said. “Plain rocks can suddenly turn brilliant colors. You would never expect it.”