Rockhounds gather

Andrew Wagstaff
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PARRSBORO Rockhounds from all over crowded into Parrsboro again last weekend for the Nova Scotia Gem and Mineral Show, but their thoughts were in Halifax, with the man largely responsible for the 42-year event.

Im the chairman of the 42nd annual show, but the chairman of the first show is not here today, said Carol Corbett. Eldon George is in the hospital in Halifax, and theres a book and get well card at the Parrsboro booth in front for everyone to sign.

George, who was undergoing open heart surgery in Halifax, was the one who originally conceived the idea of an annual Rockhound Round-Up in Parrsboro during the 1960s, and was largely responsible for making it happen. He operates the well-known Parrsboro Rock and Mineral Shop on Whitehall Road, and will soon be featured on an episode of David Suzukis The Nature of Things.

The Lions Arena was packed for the four-day event, as visitors from across the region and beyond took in the many booths, displays and demonstrations, as well as the many walking tours and other outside events.

Cumberland Geological Society president Karen Dickinson gave credit to Corbett and Fundy Geological Museum staff for pulling it all together once again.

A lot of work goes into an event like this, she said. Someone has to contact all the exhibitors, make the space available and prepare it. Its not something that happens in three or four days here at the arena. The terrific staff at the museum has been working on this since the day after last years event.

Cumberland South MLA Murray Scott and Parrsboro mayor Doug Robinson welcomed all to the area, and both offered words of appreciation to those who put forth the effort to organize the event. Robinson said it was a unique thing for Parrsboro to have, and Scott spoke about how much it means to the area.

Youll find the scenery beautiful, the people wonderful, and the history detected through the gems, minerals and fossils of this area goes back many years and centuries, said Scott. Were very proud of our history and heritage in these communities.

Several presentations were made during opening ceremonies on Friday, Aug. 17, including the Best Overall Display plaque to Rainbow Minerals, and a certificate of appreciation to The Sunshine Inn for its continued support of the museum, particularly a financial donation towards a dinosaur display in the museum gallery.

Organizations: Parrsboro Rock and Mineral Shop, Cumberland Geological Society, Corbett and Fundy Geological Museum The Sunshine Inn

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, Halifax, Whitehall Road

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