Unsuspecting visitors wonder why they can't find a hotel room in
Natives know -- gem show.
Nothing packs in the visitors like the wholesale mania surrounding the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase, which recently marked its 60th year.
The main show was created and is annually organized by the
The gem show attracts dozens of affiliated shows, dealing in fossils, beads and international crafts.
They overflow all available exhibit space into giant tents that pop up on vacant lots and parking lots, transforming the city into an international bazaar.
Savvy Tucsonans take advantage of the wholesale prices to add to their collections of jewelry, African masks, trilobites and geodes.
Our copper mining heritage has provided a wealth of gemstones , with many displayed in world-class collections at
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