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Rock and Mineral Show will feature wide variety of displays


March 28, 2017

A Springfield rockhound will demonstrate how he makes spheres during the 69th Annual Rock and Mineral Show Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2, at the Sweet Home High School Activity Gym, 1641 Long St.

The family-friendly event features displays of rocks, minerals, fossils, and artisan jewelry. Lapidary artists demonstrate their expert lapidary skills and answer viewers’ questions.

Adults can participate in silent auctions, raffles and door prizes.

Kids activities include art activities, silent auctions, door prizes and raffles.

Vendors offer a wide variety of jewelry, home décor, rock, mineral, and fossil specimens.

A wide selection of lapidary supplies will be available. Handicap parking is available as well as a food cart.

Admission cost is 50 cents per adult. Children 12 and under are free with an adult admission.

Springfield Rock Club member Tom Hooker, who makes gemstone spheres, will demonstrate his art, said Marie Ekenberg of the Sweet Home Rock and Mineral Society, which sponsors the event.

“He is going to demonstrate the apparatus he uses to make these spheres.”

Hooker also will display his work, Ekenberg said.

“We have some new displayers that were very active in the national show that was in Albany,” she said.

The public is invited to bring rock specimens for identification in “Ask a Geologist” by the club’s geologist, Bob Rosé.

“That’s getting to be pretty popular,” Ekenberg said.

“We have some amazing things that come through there. He put a presentation together for our club. Incredible stuff. One time, it was a rock specimen with emeralds in it. That was pretty amazing.”

Vendors will offer a variety of items, including unique jewelry, petrified wood, fossil specimens, one-of-a-kind home décor, handcrafted beads, mineral specimens and a complete line of lapidary supplies.

Activities for children include grab bags, the wheel of fortune and art projects.

Children and adults can win a variety of prizes in a raffle, win door prizes and participate in silent auctions.

Drawings will be held hourly.

Cathee Bethel will return to demonstrate the art of cabochon making. She also offers finished jewelry featuring her cabochons.

Hobbyists will demonstrate flint knapping, using traditional Native American techniques and tools, such as deer antlers, to shape or flake pieces of flint.

The Third Rock will demonstrate how to open geodes.

Rockhounds and collectors will display their collections of rocks, gems, fossils and jewelry.

A food cart will be available outside the front door.


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