SWEET HOME — The 64th annual Sweet Home Rock and Gem show will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 31 and April 1, at the Sweet Home High School activity gym, 1641 Long St., according to volunteer Mona Waibel.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is 50 cents for adults. Children 12 and under with an adult are admitted free.
Waibel said rock clubs from around the Northwest will display stones, jewelry and carvings.
“Local carnelian agates, Holley blue agate and petrified wood from the Holley area are exciting displays,” Waibel said. “Local school children will display egg carton collections of their favorite rocks.”
Every child attending the show receives a free egg filled with polished agates. Children may also purchase inexpensive grab bags of polished stones.
Adults and children alike can spin a wheel for free prizes.
“People can bring a rock they would like identified and an expert will explain the kind of stone it is, how it was formed and its approximate age. Some rocks may be centuries old and possibly valuable,” Waibel said.
There will also be artist demonstrations each day. The Third Rock will demonstrate cracking geodes with a vise, Eileen Paul of Roseburg’s Bead Patch will demonstrate the art of making beads, and Emily Star will design jewelry.
There will also be hourly door prizes.