San Diego County Fair – "How Sweet It Is!"

San Diego County Fair 2018 - How Sweet It Is

by Anne Schafer, Coordinator






For the 2017 Fair SDMG's casting class made a diorama inspired by Alice in Wonderland's mad tea party.




  • First day of Fair: Friday, June 1. Gate opens at 4 pm.
  • Exhibitor Appreciation: Wednesday, June 6. 6 to 9 pm.
  • Last day of Fair: Wednesday, July 4.
  • Closed dates: Mondays and Tuesdays in June;
    Open Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 3.
  • Pick up exhibits: Friday, July 6. 9 am to 8 pm.



And awayy we go to the San Diego County Fair where the theme for 2018 will be How Sweet It Is!  Yes indeed, this year with be the great one. Well over 120 gems, minerals, fossils, faceting, jewelry and lapidary enthusiasts entered a total of 365 entries, making it the third largest number of entries of all-time. It beat out last year's record setting number of 352. About 140 exhibitors are SDMG members. Thank you for supporting the Gems & Minerals Department again this year! 

Volunteers are still needed!
Get a free ticket to the Fair!

Faceting Demos –

If you would like to show off your faceting skills to the public (and you know how to run an Ultra Tec…), please contact Bob Hancock to sign up.


Other Demos –

Chain making, fossil prep, wax carving, wire wrap, bead stringing. If you have a rock or gem-related activity that does not involve an open flame, please contact Coordinator Jennifer Stapp to schedule your time slot.


Info Booth –

If you like interacting with kids of all ages, and would like to help them screen for a free rock in the sand pile, please please contact Coordinator Jennifer Stapp to sign up for a two-hour slot in the Info Booth. (You can bring a couple show'n'tell items, too, for fun.)

All of the proposed new classes for 2018
in the Gems & Minerals Dept. were approved:


  • Fluorite.



  • Fossil Fruits, Leaves & Cones


Mineral Specimens Worldwide. Professional. Full case.


One faceted stone from natural material, with corresponding rough, any size. Master.


Art Jewelry. Original concept. Single piece. Synthetic stones acceptable. Amateur.


Art Jewelry. Original concept. One set. Maximum: 5 pieces per set. Synthetic stones acceptable. Amateur.


Air chasing jewelry. Single piece.


Bola tie. Single piece.


Fair Theme Jewelry. How Sweet It Is! Single piece. Synthetic stones acceptable.



Questions? We have answers! Please contact us:

Coordinator Anne Schafer






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