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Gem show vendors expect big business this weekend

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The world's largest treasure hunt is in full swing. Exhibit halls throughout Tucson are busy and getting busier because of the Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Showcase.

Like many shows around town, The Pueblo Gem and Mineral Show inside Riverpark Inn has hundreds of vendors preparing for what they expect will be a busy weekend.

"This year has been a little slower than last year but today we've had some really good sales. Things seem to be picking up," said Ron Scog, who sells gems and jewelry.

Matthew Ferrier sells minerals and jewelry at the 22nd Street Mineral, Fossil and Gem Show. He says business has been good overall: "It seemed last week at the beginning, it was really busy and then it really slowed down. Then it progressed. The last few days have been booming with business."

The shows we visited around Tucson Friday evening had considerably more people looking around and buying from just a couple days ago. Several of the merchants we spoke with tell us people are buying larger quantities of goods.

With just over a week left of the showcase that features rare gems, fossils and minerals from all around the world, some shows are staying open later over the weekend to give people more time to shop.

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