Sweet Home boy’s exhibit wins first place award at rock show

Chase Branson of Sweet Home

was the overall winner in the Sweet

Home Rock and Mineral Show’s

People’s Choice competition, in

which visitors vote on the exhibits

they like the best.

A total of 2,230 people paid to

attend the 62nd annual show Saturday

and Sunday at the Sweet Home

High School Activities Gym, organizers


The total count was 1,815

adults and 371 children, who got

plastic eggs filled with polished


Branson, whose father Todd

Branson is a member of the Sweet

Home Rock and Mineral Club

along with his son, won for his

exhibit of cabochons standing on

copper stands he made.

Second place in the People’s

Choice competition went to Tim

Dodge for a display of rock logs

and logging trucks. Third place

went to Cathee Bethel of Lebanon.