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Rock Chippers plan May Rock Roundup

Details were finalized at a Thursday, April 3, meeting of the Tall Man Rock Chippers Club for the annual Lakeview Rock Chippers Rock Roundup, set for May 17-18 at the Lake County Fairgrounds.

Normally held in August, the Rock Chippers are moving the event to May this year in hopes of drawing a larger crowd while school is still in session.

The Tall Man Rock Chippers have been a popular club in Lakeview since the 1970s, with membership currently reaching 20 active members. Club activities include field trips to collect samples, polishing and painting rocks, and various get-togethers. The Rock Roundup is their big annual event on the calendar, and this year they’re hoping to bring out more fellow rock hounds than ever before.

“Friday night is a club dinner for the members and dealers, then Saturday morning by 8 a.m. we’ll have field trips leaving to the sunstone area and Hay Creek area looking for jasper, agates, and petrified wood,” LeRoy Johnson explained, president of the Tall Man Rock Chippers Club. The Lakeview Rock Chippers Rock Roundup will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fairgrounds. Admission is free, though donations are accepted. Events such as a kid’s treasure hunt, silent auctions, door prizes, and field trips to collect samples (weather permitting) will take place during the weekend. Multiple dealers will be coming with unique and rare minerals to display or for purchase, and each member of the club will be providing displays and prizes as well.

With the vast amount of minerals and petrified wood in Lake County there is no shortage of items to collect and areas to explore, much of which will be on display at the show.

For Johnson and fellow rock hounds it’s easy to explain why they love collecting and displaying rocks.

Club meetings happen the first Tuesday of every month at the Chamber of Commerce Building in Lakeview, except for May’s meeting, which will happen Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. For more information contact LeRoy Johnson at 541-947-4267, or Mark Dietrich at the High Desert Rock Shop at 541-880-8787.

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