World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig in Mount Ida

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Scene from the 2013 World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig. Photo by Z. Clift

Every October, Mount Ida plays host to the World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig.  This will be the 28th year for the world championship event, which takes place October 9-10 this year at Twin Creek Crystal Mine and Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine. During the event, diggers compete for prize money in categories that include Best Cluster and Best Point.

Held along with the championships is the Quartz, Quiltz, & Craftz Festival at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in downtown Mount Ida. This is a gem and mineral show as well as an arts and crafts and quilt show.

The Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce is also hosting a Kids’ Dig during the World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig at the Quartz, Quiltz, and Craftz Festival. The dig takes place on Saturday, October 10 at 10 am. For $1, kids in grades K-6 can dig for Arkansas quartz crystals from Twin Creek Crystal Mine in a specially prepared tailings pile and keep the crystals they find. They also have a chance at winning awards and prizes too during the dig. 

Mount Ida, which is surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, is known as the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World. Quartz crystal also has another interesting tie to the state. It became the official state mineral of Arkansas in the 1960s.

“The World Championship Crystal Dig is important to Montgomery County and brings visitors to our area to show them what beauty we have to offer,” said Sherry Ellison of the Mount Ida Chamber of Commerce. “Being known as the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World means we are number one in the field of crystals.”

For more details on the 28th annual World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig, visit mountidachamber.com.