|TENTS AT KINO DISPLAY THEIR WARES.|
The annual rock shows at Tucson are some of my favorite events and for the last several years I have been able to attend several different venues--from among the 40 or so set up around town. I suppose there are energetic persons who may visit 25 or 30 shows looking to purchase specimens for resale; however, I am happy just spending time at less than five. This year, 2013, the weather was quite cooperative for the main event in the Convention Center with nary a cloud in the sky and temps in the 70’s. However, early on in February some of the outdoor shows experienced cold weather (well at least cold for Arizona) with frosty mornings and some rain. and even snow in the nearby Santa Catalina Mountains.
My favorite outdoor venue is the former Tucson Electric Park (TEP) Mineral and Gem Show now known as the Kino Sports Complex Rock Show. This show, situated south of downtown along I-10, is set up on a series of soccer fields with free parking, free shuttles, and even offers the opportunity for "dry camping" at a nominal cost. I enjoy this show since the vendors are quite friendly (often selling from stands situated next to their RVs), the specimens reasonable in price, and the merchandise eclectic in nature.
Every year I make a point to visit the “Amethyst Tent”
where hundreds of the South American cathedrals are display for sale in all
their lavender glory. This year the
prices were really very “cheap” as the dealer may be going out of business. Large cathedrals were priced in the hundreds
of dollars as opposed to thousands as seen in past years (and in other tents).
|MOST OF THE AMETHYST CATHEDRALS WERE SOLD.|
|STRAIGHT SHELLED CEPHALOPODS FROM MOROCCO WERE EVERYWHERE.|
|HOW ABOUT SOME FARM ANIMALS.|
|SOME REALLY NICE LAPIS AT A GOOD PRICE.|
|TRILOBITES FOR SALE. KNOW YOUR DEALER.|
|GET YOUR GENUINE PLASTIC TURQUOISE BEADS.|
|A MIGHTY BIG CRYSTAL.|
|A NICE HUNK OF POLISHED ORBICULAR GRANITE.|