There are treasures just below the surface for those who know where to look, and the results of countless rock hounding ventures will be on display at the annual Rock, Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show at the Klamath County Fairgrounds Event Center March 9-10.
Coordinated by the Klamath Rock and Arrowhead Club, this year marks the 33rd year of the community event celebrating the many wonders that can be found in geologic discoveries regionally. A two-day extravaganza, activities commence on Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and continue on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This year’s theme for the event is “Nature’s Treasures,” complete with rock and gem exhibits, auctions, raffles, demonstrations and kids activities. A $2 suggested donation for admission is requested, the proceeds from which once again benefit Project Spirit Horse Rescue. Food concessions will be provided by the Keno Lions Club.
Scheduled demonstrations for the event include thunder egg cutting, arrowhead knapping, silver-smithing, wire-wrapping and rock painting. There will also be opportunities to partake in gold panning, soapstone carving, a fluorescent mineral display as well as silent auctions, hourly door prizes and raffles. People are encouraged to bring their own gemstone finds to be identified by gemologist Dr. Mark Kovechar.
Activities will also be available for kids, including a wheel of fortune, toddler treasure box, and rock painting.
Vendors from across the west will also be present, offering unique jewelry and jewelry-making tools, sculptures and rock-related marvels, fossils, gems and fascinating rocks galore.
The Rock and Arrowhead club has been a mainstay in the Klamath Basin since the 1960s, a collective of passionate rock hounds with over 100 active members. The organization routinely coordinates field trips and special events in addition its monthly club meetings.
For more information visit www.klamathrockclub.org or call 541-273-7503.