'Rocktoberfest' returns to Marysville Oct. 8-9

MARYSVILLE — Marysville will be "rocking out" for the 37th year in a row on Oct. 8 and 9, as the cafeteria of Totem Middle School once again hosts the Marysville Rock and Gem Club's annual "Rocktoberfest" event.

"There will be dealers with rough, slabs and polished cabs to gem quality faceting rough, as well as minerals, fossils, jewelry, beads, gems, lapidary equipment and tools," said Dottie Haage, publicity chair for the Marysville Rock and Gem Club. "There will also be jewelry artists, club displays, demonstrators and games for kids."

In addition to door prizes every half-hour, silent auctions, food service and raffle prizes, one of this year's many items in the raffle will be an 18-inch by 8-inch by 7-inch Brazilian amethyst cathedral.

Gordon Terrance Maple, a longtime resident of Marysville and member of the Marysville Rock and Gem Club, will be featured at this year's event.

"When it comes to rocks, Terry's memory is extraordinary," Haage said. "He will often not only know the name of a rock, but where it came from and the history of the mine from which it came. He has mentored many rock enthusiasts, teaching them what to look for in a good quality rock, such as color, pattern and clarity. He has also encouraged many others to try their hand at slicing and polishing rocks, cabochon and faceting."

Admission and parking are both free for Rocktoberfest, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. Totem Middle School is located at 1605 Seventh St. NE in Marysville.

For more information, log onto the club's website at or visit them on Facebook at "Marysville Rock and Gem Club."

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