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November 2024 Club Meeting Sharing Finds + Find of the Year Contest

November 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

In our November meeting we will be running our 2nd Annual “Find of the Year” contest as well as sharing our summer finds, so bring your rockhounding finds from this summer and share your stories with members and be ready to vote on the stellar finds of the 2024 season! Please see meeting agenda and contest category details below. We will additionally do our normal club updates and share information about the 2024 Annual Show.

The meeting will be held in-person at the Creekside Community Center and will also be broadcast via Zoom.

September Meeting Schedule:
6:00-6:15pm – Arrival/Socializing
6:15-6:45pm – Club Proceedings, Annual Show Information
6:45-7:45pm – Summer Finds Viewing and Voting on “Find of the Year”
7:45-8:00pm – Socializing (while votes are counted)
8:00-8:30pm – Winners announced/Wrap up

“Find of the Year” Contest – Categories and Details*Note: All categories include only items that were found or made during the current year, and not purchased with the exception of the Urban Rockhounding category. You must be in-person to enter the contest. Categories for the “Find of the Year” are as follows:

  1. Fossils & Artifacts: May be a fossil specimen (plant or animal), or rockhound related artifact item found in the current year. Artifact examples could be arrowheads, or native rock tools. Judging criteria for this category may include material age and condition.
  2. Cabochons: May be of various material and designs, made in the current year. Judging criteria for this category may include Quality of Material, Workmanship, Design, and Composition.
  3. Carving: May be of various material and designs, made in the current year. Judging criteria for this category may include Quality of Material, Workmanship, Design, and Composition.
  4. Faceting: May be of any material, made in the current year. Judging criteria for this category may includeQuality of Material, Perfection of Facet Meets, and Quality of Polish.
  5. Hand Wrought Jewelry: May be items intended for personal ornamentation and made of various materials and designs, made in the current year. Examples include wire wrapping, bead stringing, silversmithing, etc. Judging criteria for this category may include Workmanship and Design.
  6. Lake Superior Agates: May be any Lake Superior Agate collected during the current year. Judging criteria for this category may include Size, Color, and Pattern.
  7. Other Agates: May be any agate collected during the current year that are not LSA. Examples include Montana Moss, Bubble Gum, Fire, etc. Judging criteria for this category may include Size, Color, and Pattern.
  8. Rocks & Minerals: May include any rock, mineral, or crystal collected during the current year. Judging criteria for this category may include Size, Rarity, and Perfection.
  9. Open Lapidary: May be lapidary works of various materials and designs not covered by the Cabochons, Carving, Faceting, and Hand Wrought Jewelry categories that were made in the current year. Examples include spheres, eggs, intarsia, mosaics, etc. Judging criteria for this category may include Quality of Material, Workmanship, and Design.
  10. Urban Rockhounding: May include items related to the rockhound hobby that were acquired during the current year at garage or rummage sales, thrift shops, etc. This does not include any items purchased at Rock Shows or Shops. Judging criteria for this category may include Material, Rarity, and Condition.
  11. Kids: May include rocks, minerals, fossils, artifacts, lapidary, etc. that were found or made during the current year. Judging criteria for this category may include Material, Size, Color, Condition, Workmanship, and Design.
  12. People’s Choice Award: May be any item in the contest.

All winners will receive a certificate and will be published in the November 2024 RRN.

*Please note that we are not able to enter the meeting space until 6pm, and we must vacate by 8:45pm.

Please RSVP here: November 2024 Meeting RSVP

Meeting ID: 303 941 6730
Passcode: 797052
I look forward to seeing you soon!
Laura Pionek
Program Director

Details

Date:
November 9
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Event Category:

Venue

Creekside Community Center
9801 Penn Avenue South
Bloomington,MN55431United States
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