2018 Annual World Championship Crystal Dig
October 12 – 13, 2018
Official Registration Form
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One Contestant Per Form
Contestants may not dig or visit participating mines on or after Wednesday 10/10/18 prior to the event.
Welcome to the 2018 Annual World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig in Mt Ida, AR, the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World. This year’s two-day dig is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 12 – 13th. All amateur quartz crystal diggers re invited to enter.
The dig entry fee is $100. Register early and save! Early bird discount is 25% off when registered by August 1, 2018. No refunds will be issued after October 1, 2018. Same day registration is $110 if space is available.
ADULT: Open to diggers 18 years of age or older. Awards presented in two categories, points, and clusters.
YOUNG MINERS: Open to diggers 17 and younger. Awards presented in one category, points and clusters combined.
CLUB: Diggers may also team up with fellow rock, gem, and mineral club members to compete for bragging rights and a chance to win a free entry to next year’s dig. Be sure to list your club name on the entry form!
Awards & Prizes
A total of $2250 in prize money is awarded in three categories: Points, clusters, and young miners.
1st – 3rd place winners in each category receive a quartz crystal adorned award plaque.
1st – 5th place winners are awarded cash prizes as follows: 1st $250, 2nd $ 200, 3rd $150, 4th $100, 5th $50
Awards and prizes are presented during the Awards Banquet on Saturday evening. Each digger receives a complimentary meal ticket to the banquet. Additional meal tickets may be purchased for $15/each at the start of the banquet. If you prefer a vegetarian meal please so indicate on your entry form.
On Friday, October 12th, 7am, meet at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds (248 Fairgrounds Rd., Mount
Ida, AR 71957) for orientation mine passes, and number assignment. Coffee and donuts provided. All diggers must check in at the fairgrounds before proceeding to the mines!
Digging begins at 8am and ends at 3pm. Diggers must check in, present their mine pass, and sign a liability waiver at their chosen mine each day. Diggers may not switch mines midday but may choose a different mine each day. Diggers may not leave the mine and return again after the same day. ONE YOU LEAVE THE MINE YOU ARE DONE DIGGING FOR THE DAY. Plan ahead and bring plenty of water and snacks. Do not leave behind trash at the mines! If you see trash please pick up.
Diggers may enter the best point and best cluster they dug on each day for judging by a panel of experienced quartz crystal industry professionals. Diggers must submit their entries, in the numbered bags provided, to the Dig Master at the mine. Crystals for judging must be entered on the same day they were dug.
Judging takes place at the fairgrounds when the Dig Masters deliver the crystals to the Crystal Handlers. Digger may observe judging. Individual scores are posted after tabulation of the judges’ scores by the Scoring Committee. Awards are based on two-day cumulative points. Be sure to enter one point and one cluster each day.
Saturday, October 13th, 7:30am, meet at the fairgrounds for mine passes, dig announcements, and door prize drawings before proceeding to the mines. Digging begins at 8am and ends at 3pm. Individual scores are posted upon tabulation of the judges’ scores. Awards banquet begins at 6pm, awards presentation at 7pm. Crystals submissions may be recovered from the stage afterward, around 8m.
A limited number of RV spaces and Tent camping spaces are available at the Montgomery County fairgrounds provided by the MC fair board: $15 per night with electricity, $8 per night without electricity. Spaces are assigned on first come, first served basis with prepayment required for reservations. If you wish to camp at the fairgrounds please indicate the number of days and enclose a separate check for camping made payable to the Montgomery County Fairboard.
Pre-order and save! Event T-shirts may be pre-ordered for $10 each. Please include payment for your t-shirts with your registration. A limited number of event shirts will be available for purchase at the event for $15 each. Please pre-order to assure you get a shirt in your size.