Hard rock dis­play


Win­ter is not an ideal time for tak­ing gloves and mit­tens off, ex­pos­ing com­fort­ably warmhands di­rectly to the icy cold. But try­ing to bore em­bed­ded crys­tals and rocks from a big block of ice us­ing body heat, has proved a pop­u­lar chal­lenge at past Palmer­ston North Rock and Min­eral Club shows.

This week­end in the Fer­gu­son St Com­mu­nity Leisure Cen­tre, the two-day show will be pro­vid­ing another op­por­tu­nity for ‘‘re­frig­er­ata dig­i­tos’’, as chil­dren at­tempt to melt out frozen stones us­ing their fin­gers as ice drills.

Turn­ing dig­its into ici­cles is all part of the at­trac­tion at the club’s an­nual Rock Show.

There’ll also be a flu­o­res­cent room show­ing how cer­tain rocks re­act to black light, along with dis­plays of crys­tals, fos­sils, min­er­als, gem­stones, jew­ellery and carv­ings.

The ma­chin­ery used to cut and shape rocks will be op­er­at­ing, and there will be items for sale along with the chance for a ‘‘peo­ple’s choice’’ vote on the best dis­play.

Re­fresh­ments are on hand cour­tesy of the Palmer­ston North Heart­lands Lions Club, with the Rock Show open 9am to 5pm on Satur­day 4 and 9am and 4pm on Sun­day 5.

En­try is by gold coin.

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