The second show was a success and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show was off and running, staying at the fairgrounds until 1972, when it moved to the Tucson Convention Center.
Gem, Mineral Display Dazzling
Show At Pima County Fairground Attracts Crowds To Brilliantly Colored Collections
Multi-hued rocks and minerals, including all the colors of the rainbow, are on display at the second annual Tucson Gem and Mineral show continuing today at the Pima County Fairground building. Hundreds of visitors viewed the brilliantly colored collections yesterday, and even greater numbers are expected to attend today.
In addition to the collections of rocks, gems and minerals, there are special collections on display including arrowheads, sea shells, fossils, and “rockhound” equipment. Several dealers had myriad displays around the perimeter of the building.
Richard Bideaux, 2521 E. 8th St., was sweepstakes winner, and also had two first prize collections. He is a junior at the University of Arizona where he is majoring in geological engineering. Bideaux was one of the winners in the 1952 Westinghouse science talent search, and received a $400 scholarship. He is also a member of the Mineralogical Society of Arizona.
The Dan Candles made the gem show a family affair, with father, mother and son all winning prize ribbons in their respective classifications.
Officers of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society expressed regret that there were not more entries in the lapidary and jewelry making classes, and that there were not more entries in the junior division. They urged all specimen collectors to come to the exhibit and acquaint themselves with future competitions.
Winners in the various classifications were:
Class 1, Minerals: Div. 1, cabinet specimens, all different: Richard Bideaux, first; Dick Welch, second; and Harold Rupert, third.
Div. 2, cabinet specimens, all one mineral: Bideaux, first; William C. Schussler, second.
Div. 3, cabinet specimens, from one location: Clayton Gibson, first; Monte Nichols, second; John Walker, third.
Div. 4, miniature specimens: Dan Caudle, first: Richard Bideaux, second; Guil and Mary Dudley, third.
Div. 5, thumbnail specimens: Guil and Mary Dudley, first; Betty Caudle, second.
In the junior division, for children from 10 to 14 years of age, first-place winners were: Div. 1, Kenneth Caudle; Div. 5, Wanda Hill.
In the junior division, for children 15 to 17 years of age, fist-place winners were:
Div. 1, Gene Schleppe; Div. 2, Lloyd Picker; Div. 3, Larry Meyer.
There was only one entry in Class II, Lapidary. A first-place ribbon went to Burl Ott. There were no entries in Class III, Jewelry Making.