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State park to host annual Prospectors’ Gemboree June 15

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By Sarah Reap

Crater of Diamonds State Park Staff

Greetings from the Crater of Diamonds State Park! Each year, thousands of travelers from all over the world visit in hopes of finding their very own diamond. On Saturday, June 15, Crater of Diamonds State Park will host the 11th Annual Prospectors’ Gemboree, a celebration of those who come in search of diamonds in Arkansas!

Festivities will include a day of fun games for the whole family, such as the Rock Balance Relate and out annual Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest. Each game will have prizes awarded, sponsored by local businesses.

Starting June 15, park guests can find more than diamonds during our annual Prospectors’ Treasure Hunt. Yellow canisters and red-painted rocks will be hidden throughout the diamond search area to be traded in for prizes!

See real Crater diamonds, meet Crater diamond finders and collectors from around the region, and hear the stories “behind the finds” during our 16th Annual Famous Crater Diamonds Exhibit, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m in the Diamond Discovery Center classroom! 

A complete schedule of events, games, and activities can be picked up at the Visitor Center on June 15. All games and activities are free with the purchase of admission to search for diamonds ($15 for ages 13 and up; $7 for ages six through 12; ages five and under are free).

For more information, contact Crater of Diamonds State Park at 870-285-3113, or email CraterofDiamonds@arkansas.com.

Search area last plowed: May 18

Most recent significant rain: May 25

Recent diamond finds (100 points = 1 carat):

May 24 – Jai Broussard, Lafayette, La., 60 pt. white; Dawn Kramlich, Chicago, Ill., 2 pt. white

May 25 – Kerry & Madison Monroe, Broken Arrow, Okla., .5 pt. white, 2 pt. white, 44 pt. white

May 26 – Kerry & Maddison Monroe, Broken Arrow, Okla., 2 pt. white; Candice Cline, Kountze, Texas, 7 pt. brown

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