GEMFEST GURU: The Jim the Gem mascot will be strolling through Gemfest next week and is expected to put big smiles on little faces.
GEMFEST GURU: The Jim the Gem mascot will be strolling through Gemfest next week and is expected to put big smiles on little faces. Kaitlyn Gutzke Emegemmies

Gemfest makes region shine

THE Gemfields will be sparkling next week as Anakie hosts the 26th annual Gemfest.

Gems, pearls, rocks and all things precious will be on display from local, national and international traders at the festival from August 8-11.

Gemfest co-ordinator Robyn George said Gemfest was expected to be bigger and better than ever.

"There is so much to do. We have so many different displays, demonstrations and stalls - there is something for everyone," Robyn said.

"We always try to highlight our local gems and local businesses because the Gemfields is really unique - it is the biggest sapphire field in the southern hemisphere and the colour and the size of gems that come from here are unrivalled."

With gemologists, market stalls, stake a claim prizes, entertainment and food, Robyn said she was hoping people from all across the Central Highlands would flock to the Gemfields.

Four-day passports are available for the event for $20, which puts you in the running for great prizes.

Visit http://www.gemfest.com.au.


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