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Rock show draws hounds to county fairplex

About 1,100 people attend Tualatin Valley Rock and Gem Club event


by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: CHASE ALLGOOD - Michael Wicker, 10, cracks open a Las Choyas Geode with help from DeWayne Lundmark of The 3rd Rock in Gaston during last weekends rock and gem show at the Washington County Fairplex.Membership chairwoman Dorothy Snook of Cornelius was positively giddy Monday morning about the number of new devotees added to the Tualatin Valley Rock and Gem Club’s rolls over the weekend.

TVRGC picked up 20 members during the March 8 and 9 rock and gem show at the Washington County Fairplex in Hillsboro, she said.

“I noticed a lot of young dads bringing their kids by,” noted Snook, who, along with her husband Russell, has been part of TVRGC for 30 years. “They’re all excited — they all want to go on field trips.” Visitors browse tables filled with rock and gem-related items at the county fairgrounds in Hillsboro. About 1,100 people turned out for the March 8 and 9 show.

Close to 1,100 people paid admission to the rock and gem show, in addition to “a lot of club members,” said Snook, adding that the event was “better attended than usual.”

A breakfast made of rocks graces the Tualatin Valley Rock and Gem Clubs rock-food table.Russell Snook does lapidary work for club members, while Dorothy wraps rocks she finds in wire and “makes them into jewelry,” she said.

To find out more about the club, visit tvrgc.org.

A display set up by 13-year-old Brian True of Cornelius showcases the trophy he received as the Tualatin Valley Rock and Gem Clubs 2013 member of the year.

— Nancy Townsley

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