Gilsum Rock Swap

The 54th annual Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show will be held June 23-24, 2018 RAIN OR SHINE!

See more than 65 dealers and swappers with gems, jewelry and minerals available for sale or trade in scenic southwestern NH. Pan for minerals, enjoy an old fashioned New England ham and bean dinner with home made pies, sit down for a Chicken Barbeque lunch and more. Admission is free, although donations are graciously accepted. All proceeds go to youth recreation and community programs.

Gilsum Rock Swap Speaker: Learn how to find minerals in the wild during “Rock Hounding in New England”

Where are the best places to go rock-hounding in New England? Mineral collector and geologist Nancy Swing shares her secrets in a special presentation,“Rock-Hounding in New England,” Saturday at June 23rd 1:00 PM in the auditorium. Swing, the owner of Natures, is a regular speaker at rock and gem shows, and has been collecting since she was three years old. And she’ll show a few prize finds from the region. This presentation is free.

Nancy Swing

Nancy Swing shows how to use a chisel when looking for minerals

(Upper left: Nancy explores a cave while rock hunting)

 

The official 2018  Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show T-shirt

Beautiful new Rock Swap t-shirts will be available at the information booth at the show. Just $15 each while supplies last!

All proceeds go to fund local recreation programs.

About the Gilsum Rock Swap

Guess what mineral this is?

  • See minerals and crystals from all over the world
  • Crack a geode
  • Pan for minerals
  • Enjoy a hearty whole foods pancake breakfast
  • Stay Saturday evening for the famous ham and bean supper with homemade pies
  • Chicken barbeque Sunday from noon to 2 PM

Show Schedule: Saturday

8 AM Exhibits open

8 AM – Noon: Wholesome Foods Breakfast
10 AM – 2PM: Library books sale at the Library

1 PM: SPECIAL PRESENTATION: “Rock-Hounding in New England,” in the auditorium.

4:45 PM: Annual Ham & Bean Dinner with homemade beans and pies! Three seatings beginning at 4:45, 5:45 and 6:45 PM at Gilsum Congregational Church. Tickets on sale at the Rock Swap Central information booth all day and at the church at meal time.
6 PM: Dealer exhibits close

Sunday

8 AM: Exhibits open
8 AM – Noon: Wholesome Foods Breakfast
Noon – 2 PM: Chicken Barbecue
10 AM – 2 PM: Library book sale 10:00 – 2:00 at the Library
4:00 PM: Show closes – See you next year!

Visit us on Facebook at GilsumRockSwap, where you will find photos from last year’s show, announcements for this year’s event and more!

Watch the New Hampshire Chronicle TV episode about the Gilsum show!

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday/ 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sunday
Location: Gilsum Elementary School and Community Center, 640 Route 10 in Gilsum (just 10 minutes from Keene). This is an outdoor event, under canopies, held rain or shine. For directions click on the Directions menu item at left.
Places to Stay: Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts and Campgrounds can be found at this Web site.
Gilsum Weather: The Rock Swap goes on rain or shine! Click Weather.com for the weekend forecast.

Show coordinator contact: Rob Mitchell E-mail: gilsumrocks@gmail.com
See this year’s brochure.