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Emmaville Gemfest

Posted August 4, 2007 By AussieSapphire

The Emmaville Gemfest and Swap Meet is coming up soon.  Run as a fundraiser for the Emmaville Mining Museum, this is a great little show for people who like to mix their gem shows with a bit of hands-on fossicking.

Emmaville Mining Museum Gemfest
at the Emmaville Caravan Park
1st, 2nd and 3rd September 2007

Field trips will be run for tin, topaz, flourite, quartz, silver, tourmaline and copper.  Field trips cost $5 for half days or $10 for full days and leave from the Caravan Park.

Barbeque will be run at the caravan park for the 3 days and there will be market stalls and tailgaters present offering some great gems and minerals.  You might even catch Aussie Sapphire there on Saturday and/or Sunday.

For more information, contact the Emmaville Mining Museum on (02) 6734 7025, Ron Jillett on (02) 6734 7210 or Kay Schroder on (02) 6734 7281.  Accommodation is available at the Emmaville Caravan Park (phone Trevor & Debbie Lowe on 0429 333122), the Tatts Hotel (02 6734 7309) or the Club Hotel (02 6734 7304.

This is a great time of year to be visiting the area and the Emmaville locals will make you feel right at home.  The Emmaville Mining Museum is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in rocks, gems and mining history so please support Gemfest which helps keep the museum operating.

cheers for now from Andrew and Leah Lane (Aussie Sapphire)

Emmaville Sheep Races

Posted March 17, 2007 By AussieSapphire

Took the afternoon off today to attend the Emmaville Sheep Races – something a bit different to our usual hours in the office grading gems.  This annual event is one of the main fundraisers for the Emmaville Mining Museum so we like to support their efforts.

pub.jpgThis day is an absolutely classic event for those who want to experience a bit of real Australian country life.  The day kicked off with a BBQ breakfast and the action continued all day. 

Mind you, since the venue was just outside the local pub, a steady crowd was ensured.

yabbies2.jpgmuseum.jpgWhile the highlight of the day is the sheep race, the yabby race (see left) must come a close second in popularity.  Local school children entertained the crowd with a choir performance outside the museum (photo at right) watched on by friends and family.

The yard dog trials were keenly contested and had a large number of onlookers.  This is a different type of trial to the usual sheep dog trials with 3 sheep in a large field. Yard dog trials are designed to more closely resemble the kind of work done by sheep dogs every day – the course is extremely challenging and it takes a good dog to control the sheep and complete the course quickly.

dogtrial.jpgPictured is Kay Schroeder with her dog Sally pushing the sheep through the course.  With many of the audience very familiar with the frustrations of working sheep, most spectators could appreciate just how good these dogs were at their job. 

Well done to all dogs and their handlers.

Funds raised went to support the operation of the Mining Museum – a great spot to browse the mining history of Emmaville with some fantastic gem and mineral collections on display.  Highly recommended for anyone visiting Emmaville (open Friday to Tuesday).

cheers for now from Aussie Sapphire
(back to the grading bench tomorrow)