Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A rock show....not a concert

A week or two ago I told my husband that the rock show we would be going to on a field trip would be on his day off. Unfortunately, when it finally rolled around, he apologized that he would not be able to go to the concert with us due to having quite a headache. "Huh?" was my reply. "You know," he said, "the music concert thing...the rock show." At this point I could not help but laugh, as the rock stars at this show would be of the igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary type. Nevertheless, it was still quite fun.

This was our second time going to this annual event that is held in the fairgrounds near us. For a free outing, it really is quite fun. Well, not quite free since I bought the kids souvenir rocks, but you get my drift.

If you have never attended a rock and gem show, you may be asking yourself, "What does one do at such a place?" Most of the event is vendors that are selling neat stones, beads, and various gems. There are also stands set up with activities for kids, like polishing pieces of jade or painting flat rocks. Gizmo's favorite was searching for rough gems among a pile of rocks, armed with a pair of tweezers. She found a ruby and a few sapphires, including a pink one which we were told is the rarest color of sapphire. She probably would have stayed there all day if her younger siblings would have cooperated.