Provided by “The Gem of the Oregon Coast”
The central Oregon coast’s picturesque village of Yachats will host its third annual Agate Festival Saturday and Sunday, January 18th and 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Yachats Commons. The event is free.
Known as the “Gem of the Oregon Coast”, Yachats enjoys an international reputation as a popular spot for agate hunters.
Winter is the ideal time for combing the beaches for agates and other treasures. Recent storms and high winds draw out the sand and expose rocks not seen at other times of the year. Event coordinators want to encourage people to visit the coast during the off season, when the pace is a little slower and nature-viewing is at its best.
In addition to agates, there will be minerals, gems, crystals and fossils on display at the Yachats Commons. Participating vendors are from throughout western Oregon, northern California and central Washington, and will be showing raw specimens as well as finished products of jewelry, polished artifacts and “rocktography”.
Featured speaker this year is William Orr, emeritus professor of geology at the University of Oregon and director of the Condon collection at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University. Dr. Orr and his wife Elizabeth have written a revised and updated edition of their informative book, Oregon Geology incorporating recent research, addressing current environmental problems and detailing tectonic hazards. Orr will speak at the Commons Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. and his topic will be “How geologists use fossils.”
Returning for the third year will be Lori Robertson, director of Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, who will speak about items of interest to beachcombers and rock hounds on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m.
On both Saturday and Sunday there will be a silent auction, offering a variety of artwork, rocky treasures, and special products and services from vendors and local merchants.
This Third Ever Agate Festival is meant to be a family-fun and hands-on event.
Any proceeds from the festival will be donated to the View the Future Project, a locally-based non-profit organization that has been conserving land for scenic views, wildlife, environmental health, and recreation since 2004.
For more information, including where to stay in Yachats, you may contact the sponsors, the Yachats Area Chamber of Commerce at 800-929-0477 or visit www.yachats.org or www.goyachats.com