Rock stars from throughout the Pacific Northwest will descend upon Yachats this weekend for the “Eighth Ever” Agate Festival.
The vibrant gathering will fill the Yachats Commons with minerals, gems, crystals and fossils as well as speakers, demonstrations and fun activities for all ages.
Saturday’s presentations will begin at 11 am, with a talk from Marli Miller, a geological sciences faculty member at the University of Oregon since 1997 and author of the new second edition of “Roadside Geology of Oregon.”
At 1:30 pm, Cameron Rauenhorst will speak about the variety of treasures that can be found on local beaches.
The speaker on Sunday, Jan. 20, will be K. Myers, who has served as the Yachats Agate Festival’s “Rock Doc” for a number of years and is the author of “Agates of the Oregon Coast.” Her talk will begin at 11 am.
Other attractions will include demonstrations in the art of making cabochons (shaped, polished gemstones) and the age-old art of flint knapping.
Once again this year, the Yachats Area Presbyterian Church, will offer access to the sanctuary where six large agate panels are displayed in their glory. A volunteer will be available at the church from 1 to 2 pm on Sunday, Jan. 20.
The festival will be offering three separate drawings for gift baskets stuffed with goodies from many local merchants. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue.
The festival will run from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19 and 20, at the Yachats Commons, 441 Hwy. 101 N.
For more information, go to www.yachatsagatefestival.com or contact the Yachats Visitor Center at 800-929-0477.