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Venues: 4 gem, mineral, fossil and jewelry show locations
Show Dates: May 7-11, 2014 and July 23-27, 2014
Hours and admission requirements vary for each show
Contact: Xpo Press, Inc.
What you will find at the show: Four venues host gem shows in Franklin over two separate weeklong "Gemborees," in May and July. The big tent show in town is put on by G&LW (Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers), but a smaller show, the Macon County Gemboree, is the event that the town rallies around and is organized grandly by both the local Chamber of Commerce and a committed Gem & Mineral Society. This is a stunningly beautiful area in the Great Smoky Mountains, and rockhounds who come here know that it is not rare on a casual hike in the hills to return home with a pocketful of precious stones, even rubies, sapphires and garnets! Hence, Franklin's nickname: the Gem Capital of the World.