CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The South Suburban Earth Science Club’s 44th annual Fossil, Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show, hosted by the Department of Natural Science at Prairie State College, was a success on the weekend of Oct. 19 and 20.
The college gymnasium was set up with dealer booths on the outer portion of the room and the SSESC member’s displays, items for sale and the children’s games in the middle.
Dealers sold handmade jewelry, fossils from around the world ranging from fossil plants to dinosaur bones to crystals and large amethyst plus items made from fossils, rocks and gems.
The SSESC members set up outstanding displays for their personal collections which included amethyst, fluorite, crystals and fossils. Club member Bob Beadle brought small geodes for splitting open, which is always a big hit with the attendees hoping their's holds beautiful crystals.
The children’s games included Spin and Win, Plinko and free activity sheets.
Cub Scouts earned their geology badge by working with club members Helen Funk and Wayne Dawson.
Joel Knapper, NASA ambassador, spoke throughout Sunday on the space program, past and present. Using a model space shuttle and a slide show, Knapper told fascinating facts about the space missions.