Junior Member
Takes First Place at County Fair


Logan Jaycox, 11, has only been a member of the Parma Lapidary Club for three months, but that hasn’t stopped this junior rock hound from entering his personal Lapidary collection to be judged at the Lorain County Fair.

It all started with his Mother entering some baked goods into the fair, when she saw that there were categories for the Lapidary arts. So she encouraged Logan to enter. “ When I heard that I could enter my collection into the fair I felt really good about it.” said Logan, “ I thought I could take first or second place.” His Mother had entered him into the category of Lapidary Arts, Crystals or Mineral Collection. What his Mother didn’t realize was that this was an Adult Category that he was entered into rather than a Junior Category which they had available. Logan’s reaction was “Uhhhh…” He started feeling a little less certain about his chances.

Several days after the judging had taken place Logan made his way towards his collection, curious to see how he did. “I was really nervous, but still really confident.” When he finally got to his collection, first thing he saw was the Blue First Place ribbon! “ It was really cool and awesome, I was real happy!” Along with the first place ribbon came a prize of $5.00. When asked about it he just smiles.

Logan enjoys being a member of the Parma Lapidary Club. “They taught me how to make Cabochons and helped to identify some of the rocks in my collection. It’s been the best summer of my life and I can’t wait to learn more.” Logan has taken part in several club fieldtrips, including the geode trip in Indiana and the Flint Ridge trip for Ohio Flint. “Everyone at the Parma Lapidary Club has been awesome to me as well as my brother and Dad.” When asked what draws him to rock hunting he replies, “It’s interesting. I love how they look, how different they all are. They ALL have value to me. I’ll never throw a rock away.”

September 2009