By Heather Madsen
Utah is known for many beautiful things, like its snow-capped mountains and sprawling deserts. But perhaps one of the most interesting claims to fame Utah has is what can be found in its dirt. From the discovery of Utahraptors (the largest raptor fossils found to date) to the geode beds, there is treasure to be found all over the state, if you’re willing to dig. However, not everyone thinks hitting rocks with a hammer under the scorching desert sun sounds like a good time, so if you’d rather enjoy the fruits of the dirt without the labor, then the Crystal Festival is the place for you!
Held at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, this festival is a place for all rock, gem, and mineral enthusiasts to come together. The festival is being held this weekend, November 5-6th,
from 10am to 8pm. Admission is free and children and adults of all ages are welcome. The children’s corner of the event will have gold panning, a fossil dig, activity books, kid’preneur booths, and more! There will be lots of hands-on activities and rock exhibits that kids are encouraged to touch and learn about, so there will be no fear of boredom here!
If you’re a collector or someone who has been looking for a specific crystal, this show is also a great opportunity to meet reliable vendors, network, and shop for rare items. Along with raw rocks and minerals, there will also be jewelry and art booths selling their locally made, mineral-based pieces. Or if you’re more into the magic and mystical side of crystals, there will be meditation spaces, demonstrations, and readings by like-minded crystal-lovers throughout the festival. No matter what you’re interested in, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this festival. So bring your family and head on over to the Crystal Festival.
More information can be found at crystalfestival.org.