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Annual Gem Mineral and Fossil Showcase kicks off Saturday

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Annual Gem Mineral and Fossil Showcase kicks off Saturday

By Sasha Loftis. CREATED Jan 31, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The 2014 Gem Mineral and Fossil Showcase kicks off on Saturday, February 1.

More than 50,000 geology lovers are expected to attend the event this year. It's one of Tucson's biggest boosts to tourism.

This year's showcase will have 250 vendors at the Tucson Convention Center. Many outside shows, a total of 45 venues, opened on January 31.

The two week event is expected to bring an economic boost of about $65 million.

The showcase officially runs from February 1 to February 16.