A few weekends ago, Dan and I packed up the car and headed to Lincoln, Missouri for the Mozarkite Society’s Annual Rock and Gem Show. The sky was cloudy and worry set in that maybe the turn out would be a little disappointing.
Boy, were we ever wrong! There were vendors from across multiple states with collections displaying minerals of all kinds. Shoppers strolled through the Lincoln City Park field, filled with tents blowing in the wind. A few made a break for it, but all tents held strong during our visit.
Exploring the Lincoln Rock and Gem Show
We quickly developed a plan of action and headed to the end of the field to start the assault against our pockets. Almost immediately we found an excellent stand that contained a fourth of a private collection recently purchased by the vendors.
The variety at the stall was astonishing, to say the least. From nearly foot long hunks of sulfur, to gorgeous pieces from the Cave of Swords. The prices were so reasonable I did more than one double take, but quickly convinced myself to move on and see the rest of the stalls before making a purchase.
Further through the field, we stopped at a few milk crates manned by a young rock hound selling her wares. Her collection featured locally collected rocks, some of which were absolutely stunning and I couldn’t help but pick up a few. The 25 cent price didn’t hurt either!
I made my cursory stop at the geode cracking stand which featured Keokuk, Dugway, and Trancas Geodes. Armed with their soil pipe cutter mounted on a large horse, the vendors cracked a Keokuk for me and a Dugway for Dan, both new geodes for our collection.
With that, it was time to head home. We hit the road, heading for Buffalo, MO. In Buffalo, we stopped for a bite to eat at Maple Street Grill. Ever in need of immediate gratification, I pulled out some of my finds, a few free samples from one of the vendors, and spread them on the table to admire. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the Lincoln Rock and Gem Show and look forward to next year!
Visit the Mozarkite Society of Lincoln’s Website to learn more about their group. They are a member of the Midwest Federation of Mineralogical & Geological Studies. Meetings are held, generally, on the last Tuesday of every month.