The Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase started as a club back in 1955 and every years since it has grown. Taking most of the space at the Tucson Convention Center. The same can be said about many other shows around town.
The 22nd Street Show began in 2011. At that point they had a space of more than 27 thousand square feet and about 70 vendors. Fast forward to 2013, the tent is over 60 thousand square feet and there are hundreds of vendors. Lowell Carhart is one of the partners of the show. He said, "One of the reasons that we are able to grow so quickly is that it's a public show, no cost to park, no cost to enter, everyone is welcome we have lots of great stuff for every member of the family."
The group that runs the show tries to hire locally. From security to maintenance workers. Because it takes a small army to build this jewel of a tent. The group had 10 days to get the tent up, which is 600 feet long. That's the length of 2 football fields. Carhart said,"It's been almost 2 weeks to prepare the ground works, get the frame of the tent up, there's like 300 thousand pounds of metal in this tent there's 2 and a half miles of wiring."
The City of Tucson leases the land to the group for a month. According to Carhart, the 22nd Street Show is one of the most if not the most lucrative show for the city.
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