The Bitterroot Gem and Mineral Society will add some weight to the Ravalli County Fairgrounds Event Center this weekend with their annual show. There will be lots of rocks at the 2019 two-day gathering - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 19. Admission is $2, with ages 12 and younger free.

Paleontologist Dave Trexler from the Two Medicine Dinosaur Center at Bynum, MT, will be a featured speaker. He was in the news recently, applauding the Montana legislature's bill clarifying Montana law that dinosaur fossils found on private property belong to the surface rights owners, not the mineral rights owners when there is a split estate. Trexler has often been part of the Bitterroot Valley's premiere "rock show." And Don Safford will return this year to show the ancient skill of "flintnapping," which results in extremely sharp edges found on prehistoric tools. There will be displays of many earth sciences such as geology, mineralogy, paleontology, laidary and faceting. For more information, check their website.