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Mirror - Thursday, October 20, 2016 9 by Robin Hebrock Mirror Staff It was a windy weekend for the Pahrump Val- ley Rock Hounds as the group hosted its Inaugural Pahrump Gold, Gem and Mineral Show from Friday, October 14 to Sunday, October 16 at Petrack Park. Despite the gusty conditions, there were dozens of vendors and a crowd of patrons throughout the three- day event. The event got underway at 10 a.m. on Friday with not only rock, gem and mineral vendors but also food booths and a variety of demonstrations and informa- tional displays, all hosted by knowledgeable rock lov- ers. According to the Pahrump Valley Rock Hounds website, 40 renowned national and international gold, gem and mineral vendors were scheduled to appear, along with an international gold, gem and mineral specimen display. Lapidary cutting, polishing, wire wrapping and knapping demonstrations, as well as gold ore processing and panning demonstrations, were offered to grab the attention of those enjoying the show. General admission was completely free to the public. There was a huge variety of natural stones, gems and minerals at the show, ranging from golden nug- gets and sparkling silver to unaltered, rough rocks and shiny, polished pieces, as well as nearly every type of gemstone under the sun. Quartz in an array of shades, from amethyst to rose to citrine and all colors in be- tween, as well as multiple types of topaz, a plethora of peridot, a bevy of benitoite, a generous amount of geodes, samples of sandstone and much more graced the tables of the many vendors. Rock Hounds member Lenora Danielson was just one of the dozens of vendors offering rocks, gems and minerals for sale during the event. She was operat- ing a stand dubbed The Dusty Burro with many of the pieces available having been collected by Daniel- son herself, as well as her stepfather and grandfather. Danielson said she has been an avid rock collector ever since childhood, when her grandfather inspired the interest in her. She said geodes were her favor- ite because they are so beautiful and there are no two alike. Danielson pointed out a selection of geodes that she had collected from Dugway, UT. "Actually, we're doing pretty good!" Danielson told The Mirror during the show on Sunday, October 16. "I was surprised, for a Sunday and it's not even 12 p.m. yet. So I think we're doing very well. So far, the entire weekend has been good, not really super crowded but its been very steady. For a first event, I am really very happy with it." Danielson was also recently named the Pahrump Rock Hounds membership chair and she was recruiting new members throughout the event. Two other Rock Hounds members were at the event on Sunday, not to sell but rather perusing the selec- tion. Don and Lisa Arnold said they enjoy being a part of the local Rock Hounds and their friends Paul Cunningham and his wife Doris would undoubtedly enjoy it as well. Paul and Doris said they were soon to be members and had been delighted by the show thus far. "Oh yeah, we're finding some great stuff," the four enthused when asked how they liked the selection of items for sale. The two couples took part in the field trip that Sunday which was a part of the show as well. "I've got a whole jeep full of rocks!" Paul said. "We've probably got 200 or 300 pounds of rocks, eas- ily." Inside the Bob Ruud Community Center there were several more ven- dors set up, with even more gems, minerals and stones for sale and on Direct Cremation $g95 Includes: Transfer, Filling Paperwork, .e across the MILLIONS OF MINERALS - Pahrump residents and visitors are shown enjoying an afternoon of browsing the huge selection of rocks, gems and minerals at the Pahurmp Rock Hounds first ever festival, the Pahrump Gold, Gem and Mineral Show. The event took place in Petrack Park from Friday, October 14 to Sunday, October 16, offering rock lovers a unique experience in the Pahrump Valley. are called septarian nodules," Robinson said of one ely month beginning at 6 p.m. at the Pahrump Senior of his favorite rocks. "They are mud balls with algae Center, located at 1370 W. Basin Ave. For those who wrapped up inside of them. When the algae decayed want a bite to eat beforehand, the senior center serves it was replaced by the calcite. You'd never know from dinner at 5 p.m. for $5. The next Rock Hounds meet- the outside what's on the inside!" ing is set for Thursday, November 10 from 6 to 7:30 "I think they put on an awesome show. It's been fan- p.m. For more information visit www.pahrumprocks. tastic," Henderson resident and event vendor Linda com. Ball told The Mirror. She was operating her Linda's Contact author Robin Hebrock by emailing Exotic Gems booth and she was full of enthusiasm for mirror.rhebrock@gmail.com the event. "Even if peo- ple aren't buying, they are interested in what you have and we love sharing with people," Ball said happily. The event was brought into the Pahrump com- munity with the help of the Nye Gold Seek- ers, the Pahrump Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Pah- rump's Pahrump True Nevada website. Overall, the inaugural Pahrump Rock Hounds Pahrump Gold, Gem and Mineral Show was apparently a success and will hope- fully continue to grow and flourish in the years to come. For those who want to join in, meetings of the Pahrump Valley Rock Hounds take place the second Thursday of ev- PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT NO HIDDEN CHARGES Direct Cremation Service Pre-Planned Arrangements Direct Cremation With Chapel Memorial Service Serving All Faiths and Cemeteries Traditional Full Funeral Service / Honesty / Account ENDORSED BY THE REPUBLICAN NYE COUNTY PARTY display. 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