TUCSON- The 65th annual Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase officially wrapped up this weekend.
Officials predict over 35,000 people made it through the Tucson Convention Center doors, and four times that number are predicted to have attended the various exhibits throughout the city.
Peter Megaw is the Co-Chair and Exhibits Chairman for the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. He said the show has a big impact on the local economy.
“The Tucson Mineral Showcase and the Tucson Mineral Show are the biggest events of this type anywhere in the world,” said Megaw.
A study done five years ago showed the annual event pumps about $120 million into the local economy. Those numbers are projected to go up once Visit Tucson completes a new study.
“It has evolved, over 65 years, from a grade school cafeteria to the behemoth that we see today with the massive economic impact that it has,” said Megaw.
The annual event draws attendees from near and far.
“We come down for the show every year. We love it down here. It’s a great experience,” said Phoenix resident, Dawn Boushelle.