Gemstones shine at Solano County Fair
Haylee Hoffmann, 12, of Dixon, front right, reacts to her spin while playing "Rock Hunter's Fortune Wheel" as, from left, Colby Moore, 6, Megan Kett, 10, Gregory Moore, 8, and Zach Moore, 10, watch in the Gem and Mineral Club Exhibit at the Solano County Fair in Vallejo, Thursday. Hoffmann said she wanted to win the fool's gold and the mystery rock. She won the gold but not the mystery rock. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)
VALLEJO — There’s more to the Solano County Fair than the Ferris wheel, the ball toss with its stuffed animal prizes, the spinning Gravitron, pulsing music and corn dogs.
The fair has a quieter side, too. In a concrete-block building tucked in along the eastern end of the fair’s main drag is the Gem and Mineral Display.
Here, fairgoers can see and buy necklaces, bracelets and other jewelry containing polished rocks. They can see a cow’s skull covered with crystals. They can look through small containers with arrowheads, fossil sand and meteorites from Argentina. They can see a display case containing pink halite, comanite and pyrite with white quartz.
All of this comes courtesy of The Vallejo Gem and Mineral Society, which got founded in 1954 and has its year-round home in the fairgrounds building. Continue Reading