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Annual Catawba Valley Gem and Mineral Expo & Show

  • Dates: 3/25/2022, 3/26/2022, 3/27/2022
  • Hickory Metro Convention Center
  • 1960 13th Ave Dr SW
    Hickory, NC 28602
  • Friday and Saturday 9 AM - 6 PM Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Price: Adult $5, Ages 12 and under free
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The Catawba Valley Gem and Mineral Club will hold its Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil, and Jewelry Show on March 25, 26, and 27 2022 at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. The convention center is located at 1960 13th Ave Drive SE, in Hickory, NC. 
Hours are 9:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. on Friday, 9:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. 
Admission is $5.00 which is good for all three days. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Law enforcement officers and active or retired military with credentials will be admitted free anytime during this 3-day event. 
31 vendors will be on hand to sell gems, minerals, jewelry, and fossils during the show. Several of these vendors provide jewelry-working services, including ring sizing and stone mounting. 
The web page for the club is  
For additional information concerning the show, contact Dean Russell, Show Chairperson, at or call 828 303-1448.