The Village of Herkimer and the Herkimer Business & Professional Association hosted the Herkimer’s Diamond Festival & Gem Show. The event going on July 18 and 19. The festival features Gem dealers, Crafters, psychics, antiques, booths for civic organizations, churches and more,
Sponsored by Skinner & Damulis the event has vendors lining main street as well as indoor locations at 267 North Main Street, United Methodist church on North Prospect Street, and at VFW Post 4915 on Mohawk Street. Gems, minerals, fossils and more are easy to find. Admission is $5 for the indoor locations with Discounts for: Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Veterans and seniors. The festival also has a full lineup of entertainment in Myers Park starting at 10:00am and ending at 5:00pm both Saturday and Sunday.
The Herkimer diamond the generic name for a double-terminated quartz crystal discovered within exposed outcrops of dolostone in and around Herkimer County, New York and the Mohawk River Valley. You can practically find them on the side of the road. Some people claim that the Herkimer diamond has mystical powers and they are used as a cleansing crystal
Jim Adams, store manager of Johnson’s Carpets Plus Colortile, on Main Street said, “Good weather brought people back to Main Street. We need more of these events to bring people back. It’s what Herkimer needs.”
The Herkimer Diamond Festival and Gem Show featured a giant selection of food on Park Ave between Main and Prospect Streets. 4 food trucks joined restaurants, bbqs, and lemonade and kettle corn vendors. If you could not find something to eat you weren’t looking.
Dominick Scalise from Dominick’s Deli (on Albany Street) said, “Seriously, it’s great that Herkimer finally has a festival again. I hope it continues.”
Herkimer’s Mayor, Tony Brindisi, said, “I couldn’t be more pleased. For a first time show it’s a great turnout. Great show, great job, great volunteers. The attendees are happy and the vendors are happy. You can’t ask for more.” Brindisi said the group will make some changes next year to make everything more convenient and a better show.
The Herkimer’s Diamond Festival & Gem Show highlights the gem that many of us take for granted and brings life back to the center of the village. The festival continues on Sunday, July 19. For more information go to www.herkimergemshow.com or find them on Facebook.