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Special events happen all the time at OMSI -- but this annual event is one you might have missed

DAVID F. ASHTON - Stone soup anyone? This delicious-looking bowl that Donna Ernst, an Oregon Agate and Mineral Society member, holds is made of Texas river rock and Mississippi mud. All the food on this dinner table is actually rocks and minerals, she says. Established in 1933, making it one of the oldest groups of its kind in the United States, the Oregon Agate and Mineral Society (OAMS) held its 68th Annual exhibition and sale on the weekend of February 23 at Southeast's Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, just north of the Ross Island Bridge.

Standout features included the Oregon State Seal created from a large variety of Oregon stones an active Kids' Corner; and hand-crafted jewelry and window hangings made by OAMS club members.

"This is an outstanding exhibit of all different kinds of rocks and minerals that twenty of our members have put on display," explained one of its organizers, Doug Wheaton. "Some people come here just to look, and when they do, they get an idea of the beauty and the creativity in rocks that God has created."

"Rock enthusiasts come to the show because we have many unique and special rocks and minerals for sale, both 'finished' and in their natural state," Wheaton added.

It's like going on an "Easter Egg hunt" every time the members head out for a field trip, some of which Wheaton leads if weather permits, he said.

At the exhibit, OAMS demonstrated the equipment and processes used to prepare rocks for display.

As a longtime partner to the science museum, the group donates the proceeds of these shows to OMSI's Hancock Field Station, located in Central Oregon's John Day River Valley – an area world-renowned for its fossil-rich rock.

If you are "ready to rock", learn more about Oregon Agate and Mineral Society at their website – www.oregonagate.org


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