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Dinosaurs at the Fairgrounds

“Dinosaurs are Coming” to the Buffalo Geological Society’s 53rd Annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show on March 18-19, 2023, at the Erie County Fairgrounds in the Grange, Market and New York State Police Buildings in Hamburg, NY, on Saturday, 9 am-7 pm and Sunday, 9 am-6 pm.


Please note the expanded hours of this year’s show due to the popularity of dinosaurs. In addition to models of over a dozen dinosaurs, there will be actual dinosaur bones collected by Glen LaPlaca, of Past & Present Science and Nature Store, on display.

(For members attending the March Show, membership renewals and reservations to the banquet can be made there. They should go to the club table for more information)


What to Expect

This annual show provides an instant museum of Buffalo Geological Society Members’ fossils,
minerals, and jewelry
; demonstrators; the famous Mini-Mine for young collectors; the new mining operation for children and adults; mineral and fossil identification; and a variety of non-profit exhibitors.


This highly educational family event affords attendees the opportunity to interact with demonstrators who work with minerals and gems. Demonstrators include fossil preparation, jewelry designers, and other lapidary artists. In addition, over 32 dealers selling gems, beads, minerals, fossils, and jewelry, selling their items from around the world. A food vendor and hourly door prizes will be available.


Mine for Minerals

Young scientists can visit the “Mini-Mine” that offers them the chance to search for mineral specimens in a simulated mine setting. The mining operation is for young miners who can search for minerals and fossils in a bag of sand that they wash. All who attend can experience hands-on fun and learn something new about the geological sciences. Professional Geologists will be available to discuss what geologists do and what types of jobs are present in the area for geologists.



Last year’s show drew over 5,000 children and adults. Families come from all over Western and Central New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Canada to take part in this event. This is a perfect family field trip to learn more about the geological sciences. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, students, teachers, the public, and rock hounds are welcome.


Tickets for adults are $7 each, scouts in uniform and children under 12 are FREE. A 2-day admission for $10 each is also available. Door prizes are drawn hourly. FREE parking. Wheelchair and stroller accessible.

For those bringing in their reminder card/grand prize drawing ticket, we have a new database and need everyone to re-sign up for the cards even if you have been getting them for the past 5 years.


For any additional information or questions, please contact Jerry Bastedo, Show Chairman, at

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