2017 CFMS-AFMS Gem Show & Convention
hosted by the Ventura Gem & Mineral Society

Ventura Rocks
the Nation!

Fri - Sun, June 9-11, 2017

Ventura County Fairgrounds • Ventura, CA



Please mark your calendar for June 9-11, 2017 for the nationwide CFMS-AFMS Show and Convention. The VGMS (Ventura Gem & Mineral Society) is a member of the CFMS (California Federation of Mineralogical Societies), which in turn is one of 7 regions of the AFMS (American Federation of Mineralogical Societies). Each year the CFMS holds a Show and Convention somewhere in California, and likewise, each year the AFMS joins with one of the 7 regions for its annual show. Hence, every 7 years it lands in California. It's a special event to host the CFMS show, and even more special to host for the joint CFMS-AFMS show.

Exhibits and dealer hours are Fri. & Sat., 10-5; Sun., 10-4. Check schedule page for additional activities before and after those hours.

Admission at the door
Single day pass:
Adults: $7
Seniors (60+) & Military: $6
Juniors (13-17): $4

3 day pass:
Adults: $18
Seniors (60+) & Military: $15
Juniors (13-17): $9

Kids 12 & under: Free with paid adult

Pre-registration is required for camping, the banquet, the lunch, and the breakfast. You can also pay for your general admission at that time. Download the mail-in form here: pre-registration form. Or to pay online here: http://whoscoming.com/2017cfms-afms. For online payment at whoscoming.com, set up a simple account first, after which you can sign up for just yourself or you plus another person. (If more than two in your party, set up another account for the 3rd and 4th person.) You may pay with a credit or debit card or PayPal funds, or elect to mail in a check.

There will be lots of things to do throughout the three days. Immerse yourself in all things rock and mineral related:

  • Dealers
  • Exhibits (competitive and non-competitive)
  • Kids' activities
  • Speaker Programs
  • Raffles
  • Continuous silent auctions
  • Saturday Awards Banquet
  • Sunday Editor Awards Breakfast
  • Meet-n-greet social
  • Opportunities to meet like-minded rock and gem folks
All this happens at the Ventura County Fairgrounds (10 Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA 93001), literally on the beach. Take a break and swim in the ocean, watch surfers, or take a walk or bike ride on the adjacent bike path.

Volunteers, please visit the Volunteer page to find out the many ways you can help!

We held a contest for theme and logo design. Congratulations to Jim Brace-Thompson for the theme, and Brett Bednorz for the logo!

Website by Terry Wilson, terryfic.com