The Buffalo Geological Society’s 52nd Annual Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show will be held March 21st and 22nd 2020 at the Erie County Fairgrounds. This year’s theme is “Fossils of New York”.


Jerry Bastedo, Show Chairman

“Fossils of New York” will be featured at the Buffalo Geological Society’s 52nd Annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show on March 21-22, 2020, at the Erie County Fairgrounds in the Grange, Market and New York State Police Buildings in Hamburg, NY, on Saturday, 10 am-6 pm and Sunday, 10 am-5 pm.  

This annual show provides an instant museum of Buffalo Geological Society Members fossils, minerals, and jewelry; demonstrators; the famous Mini-Mine for young collectors; the new mining operation for children and adults; mineral and fossil identification; and a variety of non-profit exhibitors. This highly educational family event affords attendees the opportunity to interact with demonstrators who work with minerals and gems. Demonstrators include a soapstone carver, jewelry designers, and other lapidary artists.  In addition, over 30 dealers selling gems, beads, minerals, fossils, and jewelry, selling their items from around the world.  A food vendor and hourly door prizes will be available.

Sandy Cline, international renowned soapstone carver from Canada, will be demonstrating his art of carving wildlife forms and will have several carvings for sale. Young scientists can visit the “Mini-Mine” where they will be able to search for mineral specimens in a simulated mine setting.  The new mining operation for young miners that can search for minerals and fossils in a bag of sand that they wash. All who attend can experience hands-on fun and learn something new about the geological sciences. Professional Geologists will be available to discuss what geologists do and what types of jobs are present in the area for geologists.

This event draws over 4,000 attendees annually. Families come from all over Western and Central New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Canada to take part in this event.  This is a perfect family field trip to learn more about the geological sciences. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, students, teachers, the public, and rock hounds are welcome.  Adults are $6 each, scouts in uniform and children under 12 are FREE. A 2-day admission for $9 each is also available. Door prizes are drawn hourly. FREE parking.   Wheel chair and stroller accessible. For any additional information or questions, please contact Jerry Bastedo, Show Chairman, at