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      Gem and mineral show rocks the Copper Country

      For the next three days at Houghton Elementary School, the Keweenaw is rockinâ?? out at the Copper Country Gem and Mineral Show.

      The show is put on by the Copper Country Rock and Mineral Club in part to raise money for the club, but also to educate the public about the earth beneath their feet.

      â??We get dealers in selling as wide a variety of Earth-oriented material,â?? explained Copper Country Gem and Mineral Show vice president and show chairman, Norman Gruber. â??We have gems, fossils, minerals, and things that we donâ??t normally have available in the Copper Country.â??

      Visitors can also participate in silent auctions or create customized jewelry. The said the wide variety of gems makes it something the whole family can enjoy.

      â??I like some of the minerals,â?? said Calumet resident Autumn Weidman. â??Some of them are pretty.â??

      â??Thereâ??s jewels and jewelry and fossils, and if you want to just spend some time and look and maybe buy something cool, you can do it,â?? added Brian Ford-Coates from Florida.

      This year, a big attraction is a replica tyrannosaurus rex skull modeled after the Black Hills Instituteâ??s t-rex, Stan, in South Dakota.

      â??It is a full-scale, actual mold of the original skill,â?? said Gruber. â??This one is actually fiberglass.â??

      The rock and mineral club says teaching the public about the earth is their aim, whether one is looking to add to a collection, or just learn more about how the gems are formed.

      â??Itâ??s really kind of an eclectic type of thing,â?? said Ford-Coates. â??There are lots of things to look at. People should come out and see it.â??

      The Copper Country Gem and Mineral Show will be in the Houghton Elementary School gym Friday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.