This October will find the mountains alive with color in more ways than one as the 23rd Annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree opens at the Macon County Community Building just south of Franklin, NC off U.S. Highway 441. Gem and mineral dealers from across the country will be on hand displaying and selling their products against the backdrop of spectacular fall color Oct. 26 to 28.
The Leaf Lookers Gemboree will feature a wide variety of items including fine finished jewelry, rough and cut gems, lapidary equipment, minerals, fossils and collectibles. Dealers will also be available to custom make that special piece of jewelry you’ve always dreamed of.
“Dealers who attend our Gemborees return year after year because the Franklin shows are among the best in the country.” said Linda Harbuck, executive director of the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce. “Careful selection of dealers and special displays set up by the Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin add great value to this show in contrast to similar shows in the southeast.” concluded Harbuck.
Admission price is only $2 and those under 12 will be admitted free. The Gemboree will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, contact the Franklin Chamber of Commerce at (828)524-3161 or toll free at (800)336-7829.
A special bonus this year is being offered to those who attend. Included with your gem show entrance you will receive free entrance into the 20th
Annual Smoky Mountain Fall Art and Craft Fest next door at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center. This show features 80 unique, quality artisans, as well as 80 handmade door prizes, alpacas and an Animal Rescue Petting Zoo. The admission fee for the craft show is $2. Those attending the Craft Show will also receive free admission to the Gem Show.