<P dir=ltr align=left><STRONG><FONT size=2>Rock and mineral Rendezvous</FONT></STRONG></P>
Rock, paper, or minerals, all of the items necessary for dozens of people to make geology a fun learning experience at the Kern County Fairgrounds on the weekend. Participants had a chance to experience a more primitive time, during the 3rd Annual Rock and Mineral Rendezvous, sponsored by the Helfirch Jewelry Company. Visitors were invited to learn how to make items such as jewelry from rocks and minerals, using all types of rocks including one of the more popular ones, obsidian.
Archeologists said the shiny, black rock was used extensively by Native Americans to make everything from spears, to knives. Show coordinator Lew Helfirch said they hope to get more people interested in nature and geology.
“People go out to collect stones,” he said. “We make jewelry out of it. Everybody you know wears jewelry. From a watch to a ring, it's gotta come from somewhere. Mother Earth has it.”