- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Tucson’s annual gem and mineral shows are getting underway.

The shows that comprise the Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase are held over two weeks in late January and early February. They draw visitors from around the world and feature displays of gems and rare geological finds.

Some shows are in tents in parking lots, while others are held in exhibit halls, resorts and hotel rooms. Most are free and open to the public.

The city provides a free shuttle service connecting 41 shows with 33 stops on four inter-connected routes. Limited shuttle service begins Friday, while full service beginning Saturday. Most of the service runs through Feb. 14.

An economic impact study released in 2014 said the shows generated $120 million of spending.

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