For 37 years, Central Brevard Rock and Gem Club (CBRGC) has hosted an annual retail gem show the second weekend of February. For the last 10 years, except for 2013, it has been located at the Kiwanis Island Brevard County Recreation Center on Highway 520 in Merritt Island.
Vendors attend from around the state, some from out of state, providing a host of mineralogical specimens to the delight of our local population. They are both in the raw form as the rock cutting crowd enjoy and in the finished form as we all enjoy. Their polished beauty and stature overwhelms us annually. This two day event often includes Valentine’s Day which is a popular holiday for buying jewelry. It follows the Tucson shows in short order so all the new stuff is showing up for the rock cutting bunch. It is our largest fund-raiser!
Club members work hard to make the show a success. Planning starts in June or July with a single meeting and grows into a two day show. Members contribute their time to assist vendors to load and unload if needed, assist with set up prior to vendors arrival, assist with advertising by placing signs in a variety of locations, handing out flyers to hotels and storefronts, and volunteer their time at the admissions and silent auction tables as needed. They make the Grand Prize and contribute it. They also make pieces and contribute them to the Silent Auction.
Questions should be directed to the Show Chairman, Roz Mestre, 321-431-0159, and interested vendors may contact Dealer Chair, Erleen Estes, 321-632-3201.