80th Anniversary Northwest Federationof Mineralogical Socities Show & Convention 2018- Yakama, WA
Hosted by the Yakama Gem and Mineral Club
Parade of Gems

WHERE: State Fair Park: Modern Living Building & Pioneer Hall
1301 S. Fair Avenue, Yakama WA

WHEN: Friday,April 27th 2018 - 10am-6pm
Saturday, April 28th 2018 - 10am-6pm
Sunday, April 29th 2018 - 10am-4pm

WHAT: Rock, Mineral & Fossil Dealers, Jewelry & Bead Dealers

Children’s Activities, Grab Bags of Polished Stones

Rock, Mineral, Fossil, and Lapidary Art Displays

NFMS Display Competitions

Wheel of Fortune – Every spin a winner!

Hourly Door Prizes, Silent Auctions

Raffle for over thirteen grand prizes


Flint Knapping Classes & Demonstrations

Wire Gem Tree Classes,

Metalsmith Classes with pre-registration

Cabochon Making Classes

The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals – A Smithsonian Institute Affiliate - Rare Liberty Wire Gold Display

North America Research Group (NARG) – Displaying “Bernie” the Reptile Sea Monster with many other fossil specimens. Fossil Identification and their 3-D Printer.

Rare Ancient Ammonites from Canada

Pana Mine Faceted and Rough Oregon Sunstones from Plush, Oregon

Peck's Rex Skull Fossil – Displayed by Doug & Janette True

Space Needle Replica and Maps from petrified wood & gem stones Presented by the Puyallup Valley Gem & Mineral Club, Inc.

Wenas Mammoth Foundation – Mobile Educational Unit

Central Washington University Geology Department – Fun with Geology

Audie Turner Petrified Wood Collection

Washington State Mineral Council – Displaying a special collection of Washington State Materials.

DEMONSTRATIONS: Cabochon Making, Cross Making, Flint Knapping, Gold Panning, Wire Wrapping, Intarsia, and Metalsmithing

List of Speakers

Nick Zentner - PBS “Nick on the Rocks” (where nationally recognized geologist Nick Zentner leads viewers on armchair adventures through Washington's diverse landscapes). Science outreach and education coordinator for the Department of Geological Sciences at Central Washington University.  2015 recipient of the prestigious James Shea Award, a national award recognizing exceptional delivery of Earth Science content to the general public.

Pat McMahan – Lifelong rockhound, and collector of one of the most comprehensive collections of sagenite, plume, and banded agate in the world held in his “Museum of Agates” in Arizona. Contributing author to “Rock and Gem Magazine” and the German magazine, “Mineralien Welt”, and was a contributing writer on the topic of agates with inclusions in Johann Zenz’s authoritative book, “Agates II”.  Pat has finished a beautiful book which exhibits his finest agates. The book is called: “’Agates’, The Pat McMahan Collection.”  His book will be available for viewing and purchase.

Bruce Bjornstad – Former Senior Research Laboratory at PNNL, Licensed Geologist/Hydrogeologist and author will speak on “Ice Age Floods”.

Bob Pattie - Bob has been an active rockhound and member of the Boeing Employee's Mineralogical Society, Inc., Cascade Mineralogical, and the Washington State Mineral Council for over 40 years.  He is an author of "Gems and Minerals of Washington", a pamphlet published by the State of Washington Department of Natural Resources and also an article in the Rocks & Minerals Washington State Issue titled "Collecting Sites or Agate in Washington State".  He has supported the DeLorme issue of the "Washington Atlas and Gazetteer".   Bob has also been a contributor to the Washington State Mineral Council's "Wagon Masters Maps” which identifies collecting sites in Washington.  He has also supported the Department of Natural Resources in the Snoqualmie Corridor recreation Planning Committee as the rockhound recreation representative.  And finally, Bob has provided many public information talks for schools groups, clubs, and scouts. The title of Bob's presentation will be “Gemstones in Washington”.  He will show samples of gemstone specimens found in Washington that showcase localities and maps that can be found in the Wagon Master Map Book.

Information for registration to the Metalsmith Class:

Metalsmith Class
Deadline March 30, 2018
The class will be offered at the show:
Saturday, April 28 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm &
Sunday, April 29 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
The minimum age is 16 (or 14 if registering with a parent).
All participants need to provide their own safety goggles.

Cost $85:00 Materials and tools needed will be included in this cost. Class fee includes a 3-day show pass.
Please Send:
Phone/cell number
And check payable to :
"Yakima Rock & Mineral Club" to 
P.O. Box 326 Yakima, WA 98907

Class space is limited.
There will be no refunds after April 15, 2018
Class reservations are transferable.

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2018 NFMS Competitive Entry Form

2018 Display Application

2018 Registration Form (Deadline 6 April, 2018)


Show Chairman: Ronna Watkins

email: 4ronna@gmail.com