HOORAY!!! the 31st Annual World’s Championship Quartz Crytal Digging Contest is ON for October 12th and 13th, 2018, in conjunction with the 38th ANNUAL QUARTZ, QUILTZ ‘n’ CRAFTZ FESTIVAL October 12, 13 and 14, 2018!!! Of course, if you choose to not enter the contest, which many of you do,you can still come and dig as groups or individuals at various area mines! Just because the ‘contest’ is on, ‘NOT’ all digging has been cancelled- just at the specific digging contest areas.
Digging Contest Dates – Friday & Saturday, (prize awards and banquet day),
October 12 and 13th, 2018
(Participating Mines so far are the Sweet Surrender Mine and the Twin Creeks Mine, upper and lower portions)
Come & Dig in Actual Working Quartz Crystal Mines in the Heart of the Ouachita Mountains in the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World – MOUNT IDA, ARKANSAS!!!
Test Your Skills
Meet other Miners
KEEP ALL YOU FIND!
Maybe Even Win a Prize!!
Prize Money Donated by
First National Bank, and other businesses and individuals, including, ME, JohnBeCrystals, in the Mount Ida area. Yes, I am one of the donors.
Prize Money divided between the top 3 winners in each division.
Crystal Trophies and Cash Prize to First, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each division. PLUS, each entrant is a guest and receives a dinner at the banquet.
BE FAMOUS!! Winners usually have their pictures posted online, placed in the local newspaper and, of course, they are posted on the Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce Website: www.mtidachamber.com!
HEY!, YOU WILL STILL BE ABLE TO DIG AS INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS AT AREA MINES!!! It is just the digging areas set aside for the contest that are unavailable, from Wednesday before the Dig, until Monday, after the Dig.
THIS IS AN AMATUER DIGGING CONTEST TO SEE WHO THE BEST AMATEUR DIGGER IS THIS YEAR. YES!!! THIS IS A PUBLICITY STUNT TO ATTRACT PEOPLE TO THE AREA, as tourism is our main industry. THIS IS NOT FOR PROFESSIONAL DIGGERS. We ‘know’ who you are… IF YOU WANT TO ‘LOAD UP’ ON CRYSTALS IN THE POCKETS OPENED UP FOR THE CONTEST AND TAKE THEM AWAY FROM THE MT IDA AREA AND SELL THEM SOMEWHERE ELSE, like Maumelle, Quartzsite or Washington State, LIKE SOME OF YOU with NO MORALS and NO HONOR, HAVE BEEN DOING FOR YEARS, THEN PAY THE FEES TO DIG PRIVATELY, OR GO BUY IT, LIKE EVERYONE ELSE WHO IS HONEST. THE MOUNT IDA CHAMBER AND THE PARTICIPATING MINES ARE ACTIVELY WORKING TOGETHER TO WEED OUT ALL THE KNOWN PROFESSIONAL DIGGERS, WHO ARE, IN ESSENCE, CHEATING, STEALING AND LYING. IF YOU FIND THIS OFFENSIVE, THEN TOO BAD- you’ve earned it. IT IS ALSO NOT A MEASURE OF WHO HAS THE BEST MINE. ALL THE MINES HAVE WONDERFUL MATERIAL, OR ELSE THEY WOULD NOT HAVE A MINE THERE! Of course, we always need VOLUNTEERS to help with the various aspects of putting on a show and contest like this. We would much rather have your help. That being said…
Entrance fee is $75 before 10/1/18. After 10/1, it becomes $90. To register as a walk-in the day of the DIG, it is $110. No refunds after October 1, 2018.
Keep all you dig. Crystals turned in for judging will be returned to you at the conclusion of the contest. Please note: If one or more of the crystals you have dug for each day is one of the top three in either category, points or clusters, then it will be on public display until the end of the awards ceremony. As stated before: THIS IS A PUBLICITY STUNT, designed so people could see and understand how quartz is graded and how much it is worth. The glass case on stage is exactly for that purpose, and to show off what was dug! The World wants and needs to see the winning crystals!
Use only hand tools – picks, shovels, screwdrivers, digger bars, carts, wheelbarrows, bottle jacks, etc. Any human ‘helpers’ must also be registered. You must provide your own tools, buckets and wrapping material for crystals. You will be provided with a bag with your entrant number on it for each day for your entries into the contest. These will be returned to you after the awards ceremony.
Contestants will not be allowed to ‘practice dig’ in the participating mines on Wednesday before the dig.
Contestants MUST NOT be engaged in the quartz crystal mining business. (like me and other professional full time dealers and miners)
Ages 10-16 may enter with adult contestant supervision and will fall into the ‘young miners’ division..
Contestants must assemble in the Assay Office at the Fairgrounds each morning before proceeding to the mine they choose to dig in for that day. You may only dig in one mine per day. Each mine has its own advantages and disadvantages for the diggers. As far as crystal quality is concerned, all the mines have great crystals, or else the would not have created a mine there.
Contestants can choose which mine, or mines, they want to dig in during the days of the contest. Contestants may not ‘switch’ mines during the alotted time frame for each day. You must stay in the mine you chose that day, for the whole day, for as long as you choose during the hours of the contest.
Digging hours are from 8am to 3pm, Friday; and 8am to 3pm Saturday. After the crystals are turned in for final judging, there will be a banquet for the diggers, which is included in your entrance fee. It is $10 for everyone else. Immediately following the banquet, the winners will be announced and awards will be given. Dig as many or few hours in this time frame as you choose.
Diggers understand that any and all specimens that are daily winners will be put on public display for all to see, and returned to the respective diggers after the awards ceremony.
Confirmation of your registration will be sent to you as soon as your registration form and fee are received.
BE SURE TO VISIT MY BOOTH, STRAIGHT OUT THE BACK DOOR OF THE ‘ASSAY OFFICE’! Can’t miss me! You can also come and see my beautiful crystal yard, garden and processing center here at the World Headquarters by private appointment. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE ABOUT THE CONTEST AS I HAVE BEEN WITH IT IN VARIOUS WAYS SINCE 1993.
Click HERE to enter the Chamber’s website- www.mtidachamber.com