"One Sunday morning in April
3, 4, 5,
John and I were awakened by a
gentleman knocking on the door
of our ranch home.
explained that he was part of a rockhound club
that had planned to visit Valley
Springs Moss Agate,
but that the trip had been
it be possible, he asked, for the members
of the club to go "rock
on the Snyder Ranch?
Previous experience with
allowing public access
to the ranch had not
always been positive. The
took pains to explain
how responsible rock hounds are,
and pledged to leave the ranch
good or better condition than
they found it.
The big day came, and, true to
his word, the ranch was left clean.
Then more and more "rockhounds"
came to spend the weekend at
our ranch. The idea of
organizaing a "rock hound pow wow "event
along the lines of Quartzite or
the powwows in Oregon and Arizona
took hold. So,
John and I, our 4 daughters and 3
went about arranging the
hundreds of things that need to be done in
order to organize and manage an
event the scale of our Powwow.
Over the last 30 years the ranch
has continued inviting "rockhounds"
every May. Expanding
to gems, jewelry, silversmithing,
many more of our earth's
treasures has helped us grow enormously.
Returning vendors have become
more than just "rockhounds:" they
are treasured friends we look
forward to seeing. Our powwow
family has extended to dozens of
volunteers who help make every
detail go smoothly.
Their smiles and dedication make every
powwow a wonderful experience!
So come join us for the 39th annual Valley Springs
July 11, 1925 - Feb 1st, 2013
Valley Springs Powwow
1290 Paloma Rd.,
Valley Springs, CA
p.o.box 1777, Valley Springs 95252
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