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Crowds pack gem show on rainy day

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LAFLIN, LUZERNE COUNTY (WOLF) -- A rock, mineral and gem show brought in hundreds of people for the event's second and final day on Sunday afternoon.

The Mineralogical Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania says this is the 14th year for the show, which was held at the St. Joseph's Oblates Seminary in Laflin.

Organizers say about 20 dealers showed up and the show typically brings in about 1,000 people.

After more than 40 years of studying minerals, MSNEPA past president Joe Savokinas of Pittston is still fascinated by nature's beauty.

"Sometimes you'll dig in and open up a rock, and there's crystals inside and you're the first person in the world to ever see them," says Savokinas. "How many people could say that they saw something that no one in the world ever saw before?"

Savokinas says while Northeast PA is rich with fossils and coal, there are few minerals occurring naturally. However, you can find them in southern Pennsylvania.

The show is held every year on the first weekend in May. The Mineralogical Society meets on the 4th Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. at the Moosic Presbyterian Church.

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