Rock Hounds from all across the United States will converge on Franklin for the 53rd Annual Macon County Gemboree which opens Friday, July 26, at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building just off U.S. 23/441 South. The gem & mineral show is the second oldest event of its kind in the Southeast. The event is a joint effort of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin. “We’ve had a great partnership over the years and that has led to the success of this show,” said Linda Harbuck, Executive Director of the Franklin Chamber. “Our dealers this year include many of our long standing vendors and some new vendors are joining us. These dealers will have a tremendous variety of items for sale. We’ll be utilizing every available space at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building for the Gemboree.” This year the Faceter’s Frolic will again be held at the Gemboree. Those attending this year’s Gemboree will find an unmatched selection of rough and cut gems and minerals, fine jewelry, lapidary equipment, fossils and will even be able to observe the fine art of faceting stones and more through demonstrations by the Gem & Mineral Society. Hourly door prizes will also be given away throughout the run of the event. The 53rd Annual Macon County Gemboree will run from Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28. Hours for the event are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Daily admission is $2 for adults with those ages 12 & under admitted free. Cards good for $1 off admission are available at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum. See ads in local papers for a $1 off coupon. For more information on the 53rd Annual Macon County Gemboree, contact the Franklin Chamber of Commerce at 828-524-3161.