Alwyn Thomas with the Stake a Claim stall.
Alwyn Thomas with the Stake a Claim stall. Lindsey Jackson

Crowds flock in to Stake a Claim

WHILE the Stake a Claim stand had no gems on show, it was perhaps one of the most popular at Gemfest this year.

Alwyn Thomas has been a volunteer at the stand for seven years and said it was the excitement of the game and the friendly faces that kept her coming back each year.

She said the name of the game was to buy a flag for $2 and choose a lucky spot on the table of sand to stake your claim.

“The flags stay on the table from 10am to 4pm and every hour we have a draw,” Alwyn said. “It certainly is a crowd-pleaser.”

The lucky winners took home a beautiful blue cut sapphire or accommodation voucher.

Alwyn said last Thursday there were about 860 flags on the table and she was expecting about 1300 flags to cover the sand on Saturday.

“I just love it – the people, the excitement and you get to know everybody.”


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