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February 17-26, 2023


Supervisor

Supervisor

Fred Richard
(316) 519-8505 Please leave a message
eskimo53farmer@hotmail.com

Fair Office

(760) 863-8247
info@datefest.org


Prizes

Amateur Section

Each Division

Best of Division
Plaque

1st Place
$30

2nd Place
$20

3rd Place
$10

Advanced Amateur Section

Each Division

Best of Division
Plaque

1st Place
$50

2nd Place
$40

3rd Place
$30

Open Section

Each Division

Best of Division
Plaque

1st Place
$80

2nd Place
$60

3rd Place
$40

Entry Fee

Amateur Section

$4 per entry

Advanced Amateur Section

$6 per entry

Open Section

$9 per entry


Entry Receiving Day

Sunday, February 12
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, February 13 - Wednesday, February 15
9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Gem & Mineral Building
Park at Gate 1 on Highway 111

Judging Date

Thursday, February 16
9:00 a.m.

Pick Up Date

Monday, February 27
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Gem & Mineral Building
Park at Gate 1 on Highway 111


Special Rules & Guidelines

  1. All state, local, and general rules apply to all Divisions.
  2. Exhibitors may enter unlimited entries in individual classes and/or divisions; but are now limited to only ten (10) entries total per show.
  3. Judges reserve the right to eliminate entries based on display case availability. In the event it becomes necessary to remove entries, the submitted date of entries will be used.
  4. All lapidary work must be the work of the exhibitor.
  5. The exhibitor shall own all specimens.
  6. An eligible exhibitor may enter competitive exhibits from any source. The judges shall show preference for those displays which are most effective educationally as shown by the description attached by exhibitors. The display shall also be considered.
  7. All mineral and fossil specimens shall be correctly and neatly labeled. The label shall show the name of the material and the location of origin: the state, if in the United States; the country (only if of foreign origin). Fossil shall show age and formation of origin.
  8. Lapidary exhibits which have been sprayed or otherwise coated will not be judged. This rule does not apply to doublets, triplets, or novelties however; such material must be properly labeled.
  9. All entries shall occupy one full case.
  10. Exhibitors may not enter the same type material in the Amateur Division, Advanced Amateur Division, and/ or the Open Division at the same time.
  11. The judges will award no premiums where there is insufficient merit. In the Amateur and Advanced Amateur Divisions; first place must score 80 points or more; second place must score a minimum of 70 points; and third place must score a minimum of 60 points. In the Open Divisions: first place must score 85 points or more; second place must score a minimum of 75 points; and third place must score a minimum of 65 points. Judges can disqualify any exhibit.
  12. An exhibitor who wins the first place award for two consecutive years in the same specific class in either Amateur Division or Advanced Amateur Division will not be eligible for entry in the same class for the ensuing two-year period. This entry may be made in the next appropriate division.
  13. The Show Supervisor will assign all display cases. Display Case Dimensions:
    1. Inside Measurements: Floor Length 46 5/8”; Width 20 5/8”; Height 22”
    2. Outside Measurements: Floor Length 48”; Width 24”; Height 24”
  14. Fair cases are equipped with lights that may not be altered except when exhibiting transparencies. Alterations to the basic construction of the cases will not be permitted. Any violation of the following rules will automatically disqualify the exhibitor and be cause for removal of the exhibit.
  15. Judges reserve the right to move or disqualify any exhibits that do not abide by any of the Gem & Minerals Department rules.

Department Definitions

  • Showmanship: Total effect, arrangement, neatness, suitability, beauty, originality, and cleverness of display
  • Labels: Correctness of identification, spelling and location. Individual application applies as long as they are neat, uniform and meet the definition as outlined
  • Quality of Minerals: Refers to color, crystal arrangements, pattern, texture, clarity, brilliance, amount of visible mineral identified, and freedom from bruises, excess of foreign material; and, in Lapidary material – freedom from cracks, soft spots, undercutting, or undesirable inclusions
  • Variety: Refers only to non-duplication of species
  • Lapidary: Cutting, shaping, and polishing of material that creates an article entirely different in appearance from the original material to reveal inclusions
  • Education: Presentation of information, origin, chemical constituents, types of cuts, crystal formations, and historical lore, etc. Emphasis should be placed on information for the general public
  • Workmanship: Lapidary processes, variety of shapes and sizes, symmetry, and excellence of polish
  • Mosaic: A picture or design formed by the arrangement of small stones or gem material; differs from Inlay, in that material is not cut and fitted closely. May be tumble-polished or natural
  • Inlay: To lay or insert in, to ornament by inserting, laying in, or fitting together in a background or framework – precious stones, metal, fine woods, ivory, etc., to produce a picture or design
  • Channeling: A lapidary art similar to Inlay except that, in Channel work, each piece is separated from the adjoining pieces by a thin channel of gold or silver
  • Rock Artistry: Rock with painted scenes or figures
  • Collections: Any general lapidary work bought or made by exhibitor

SCORECARDS FOR GEM & MINERALS

General Lapidary

Facet Cut Stones

Mineral & Crystals (Single)

Mineral & Crystals

One Material (Polished)

Archaeological Artifacts

Fossil

Educational Exhibits

Novelties / Rock Artistry / Collections

Workmanship
40%

Workmanship
50%

Quality of Material
55%

Quality of Material
45%

Workmanship
35%

Archaeological Significance
35%

Labeling
40%

Educational Value
50%

Showmanship
45%

Quality of Material
20%

Varity of Works
(cuts)
20%

Showmanship
30%

Showmanship
20%

Showmanship
25%

Quality
(State of Preservation)
20%

Quality of Material
30%

Presentation of Subject
25%

Labeling
10%

Variety of Material & Work
20%

Quality of Material
15%

Labeling
15%

Variety of Material
20%

Quality of Material
25%

Educational Value
30%

Showmanship
15%

Accuracy of Message
25%

Rarity
20%

Showmanship
10%

Showmanship
10%

Labeling
15%

Labeling
15%

Showmanship
15%

Variety of Material
15%

Originality
25%

Labeling
10%

Labeling
5%


Amateur Section

Non-professional hobbyist

  1. Unlimited entries per class but limited to (10) entries per show - only one cash award per class
  2. AMERICAN SYSTEM OF JUDGING

Advanced Amateur Section

Advanced and highly skilled non-professional hobbyist
  1. Unlimited entries per class but limited to (10) entries per show - only one cash award per class
  2. Exhibitors, who have won two consecutive first place awards in the Amateur Division; see Special Rule # 12
  3. AMERICAN SYSTEM OF JUDGING

Open Section

Advanced and highly skilled non-professional hobbyist
  1. Unlimited entries per class but limited to (10) entries per show - only one cash award per class
  2. These Divisions are provided for the exhibitors or the immediate members of their households who regularly buy, sell, or advertise for sale any mineral specimens, gem material; custom lapidary or metal work, and those who receive pay regularly for teaching lapidary or jewelry work
  3. Host clubs, advance collectors, and those highly skilled in lapidary are encouraged to enter
  4. AMERICAN SYSTEM OF JUDGING

Divisions

Non-Amateur Section


300, 303, 306

General Lapidary

Class

  1. Faceted Stones Un-mounted, natural and/or synthetic material; 10 or more display claws recommended
  2. Faceted Stones Mounted, natural and/or synthetic material; 10 or more
  3. Jewelry With stones, handmade by exhibitor, variety of natural and/or synthetic material, 10 or more pieces
  4. Jewelry Without stones, handmade by exhibitor, variety of natural and/or synthetic material; 10 or more pieces
  5. Cabachons Free forms, un-mounted, variety of natural and/or synthetic material; 10 or more; maximum 20
  6. Cabachons Commercial mounts, variety of natural and/or synthetic material; 10 or more; maximum 20
  7. Petrified Wood Polished
  8. Mixed Lapidary Three (3) or more types of work; examples: spheres, bookends, polished slabs, clocks, jewelry boxes, etc.
  9. Nodules and or Geodes Cut & polished
  10. Polished Slabs Variety of material
  11. One Material One location, polished
  12. Lamps Lamp shades, clocks, jewelry boxes, etc.
  13. Carvings
  14. Mosaics
  15. Bookends Polished Variety of material
  16. Spheres Variety of materials; six (6) or more
  17. Fire Agate Polished, un-mounted; 10 or more
  18. Inlay See definitions
  19. Channel Work See definitions
  20. Novelties Rock arrangements or other rock exhibits requiring little or no lapidary skill
  21. Rock artistry
  22. Collections

301, 304, 307

Crystal & Mineral Specimens

Class

  1. Six Single Crystal Twinned crystals permitted
  2. One Crystal
  3. One Cluster
  4. Six Crystal Clusters
  5. Geodes or Nodules Open, cut or broken, not polished
  6. California Minerals
  7. United States Minerals
  8. World Wide Minerals
  9. One Mineral Specimen Must be exceptional for size, form or association
  10. Thumbnail Specimens Not to exceed 1 inch by 1 inch; 25 or more; maximum 50
  11. Micromounts 25 or more; maximum 50
  12. Pseudomorphs Six (6) or more
  13. Artifacts
  14. Fossils
  15. Transparencies

302, 305, 308

Educational

Class

  1. Faceted Stones Cut and rough material must be shown
  2. Cabachons Cut and rough material must be shown
  3. Lapidary Cut and rough material must be shown
  4. Minerals or Crystals Educational
  5. Artifacts Educational
  6. Fossil Educational

BEFORE YOU SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY

Carefully review this guide as it contains all of the applicable information regarding the exact rules and deadlines for this specific category, ensuring you are entering the correct classes in advance. When you submit your entry online you are agreeing that you understand the rules and regulations.

SHOWORKS

All entries must be made online through ShoWorks. If you plan to make changes to your entries or need to leave ShoWorks at any time - SAVE YOUR CART before exiting out. Once you select PAY NOW your entry will be submitted and you will not be able to make changes to your cart online. Those needing assistance with online entries can visit the Entry Office February 1-3, 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 4, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. The Entry Office is located adjacent to the Taj Mahal building through Gate 4 on Arabia Street.

PAYMENT

Online credit card payments are the only method to enter your exhibit and are due upon entry. Cash or check payments will not be accepted.

LAST DAY TO ENTER

Saturday, February 4

Any entry or payment submitted past this deadline will not be accepted.


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