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Many of us at one time or another have said, "I wanna rock!" Well, this weekend you can--get one. A really pretty one, too.

Yes, it is once again time for the East Texas Gem and Mineral Show at the Rose Garden Center in Tyler.

We went, because we heard behind some gray stones, lays an amethyst lining.

Studying with books can be a little dry sometimes. But, field work can really liven things up, as 600 lucky TISD students found out.

"It's a great thing for the entire family from little kids to us old folks," Said Keith Harmon.

Keith likes rocks, and he runs the show. He especially likes these round dirty rocks, because inside they're nice and clean with plenty of, "Clear Quartz, blue quartz, smoky quartz, calcite, girthite, mordinite,  or any or all of that stuff," he pointed out.

Rarely, there's even silver and gold.  Buying one is like gambling.

"Yeah, but it's a sure thing," Keith guaranteed.

Joe Grimes with Bitterroot Rocks and Minerals also has some sure things, like fossilized fish.

"If you look real closely you can see some teeth in there. It's hard to see, but they're there." He said.

"It's kind of making me hungry," I shared.

"That's pretty isn't it?" He observed, setting down some petrified wood.

"I'd like to make a necklace out of it," I said.

"You bet. It would look good," He agreed.

"Kind of heavy," I said.

"And this one is quartz," he stated.

"That's big quartz, man. Are you sure that's quarts? That looks like gallons," I said.

‘Well, it could be, but we're going to call them quartz today," he concluded.

"This is a septarian nodule," Joe said.

"I think I had one of those removed from my foot," I said.

"What is it when it's coming out?" I asked looking at a piece of amethyst.

"It's still a stalactite."

"Still a stalactite." I repeated.

"Stuck tight."

"Tight. Not mite."




"This is copper ore," Joe said.

"Copper or what?" I asked.

"Copper ore."

"Copper or what?"

"Copper ore." Joe insisted.

"Copper or what?"

"Copper ore ore."

"Copper or or..Are you stuttering?" I asked Joe.

"I am." He admitted.

Time to move on to the fluorescing rock room where people go..

"Oooo." Said a group of kids.

If you want to see what they're oooing about, watch the WebXtra.

Yes, it's a cliff-hanger ending.

But, the ending is posted right here on KLTV dot com.

The East Texas Gem and Mineral Show is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive.

Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for students. Proceeds from the show benefit the East Texas Gem and Mineral Society Clubhouse Fund.

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