Tucson Gem Show Canceled For 2021 Due To The Coronavirus

Lindsay Walker
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TUCSON, AZ — Thousands flock to Tucson each year for the city's annual gem show. But fans will have to wait until 2022 to take part again.

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, which puts on the annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, announced the news Tuesday and pointed to difficulties gathering in large groups due to the coronavirus as the reason for its cancellation.

"Restrictive COVID-19 travel policies mean many of our major domestic, and most of our international museum exhibitors and friends either won't or can't travel here," the organization said in a statement. "This effectively eliminates both our exhibits and educational programs."

The citywide show typically takes place at over 50 venues from mid-January through mid-February.

Pima County reported 259 new cases and no confirmed deaths Wednesday but the county has seen nearly 28,000 cases of the virus since the start of the pandemic.

The gem show is the world’s largest gathering of gem, mineral, fossil and meteorite collectors, dealers and museum scientists. Started in 1955, the Arizona Department of Tourism has estimated that it brings about $130 million dollars to the Tucson economy annually.

The gem and mineral society hopes to come back bigger and better in 2022.

"We promise to pull out all the stops to bring you an unparalleled group of eye-popping fluorescent mineral exhibits, colorful minerals and gems from around the world, and some special surprises to shake everyone out of their post-Covid lethargy!" the statement said.

This article originally appeared on the Tucson Patch