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Round Rock search now underway for Annual Round Rock Contest!


Contact: Jamie Taylor, Communications Specialist or (253) 851-6865

Leave no stone unturned to find that spherical rock in Maritime Gig competition

Have you ever gone beach combing and found that perfectly circular rock? Did you know you could make money just by stumbling upon a round rock? In 1951, C.E. Shaw created the Round Rock competition. Shaw is known by many as the creator of the historic Rooster Races that took place in Gig Harbor back in the 30's and 40's. In 2016, 65 years later, the competition is back once again as part of the Gig Harbor Chamber's annual Maritime Gig Festival. Over the years many have had such good fortune and entered their rocks for judging in the competition. Winners are announced each year during the first weekend in June as part of the Festival. Now is the time to start searching for the winning Round Rock! Leave no stone unturned to enter in this year's contest!

The concept for the contest is simple. Participants search for the roundest natural rock they can find and submit it to the Harbor History Museum prior to the contest deadline, which this year is Friday, April 15th. Cash prizes will be awarded to the five rocks or stones judged the most perfectly rounded rocks. First Prize = $100, Second Prize = $50, Third Prize = $25, Fourth Prize = $15, Fifth Prize = $10. To participate, contestants must follow these rules and regulations:

• Rocks must be submitted to the Harbor History Museum by Friday April 15, 2016. (Please note the museum is closed on Mondays).

• All rocks or stones must be no larger than 6 inches in diameter at the widest point. The smallest rock or stone that can be entered must not be less than 1½ inches in diameter at its narrowest point.

• Rocks or stones are judged by their spherical measurement, as of a perfect sphere. In case of a tie where two or more stones are the same ratio in measurements, the texture and quality together with smooth surface will be the deciding factors. Where everything is equal between two rocks, the largest rock has preference.

• All rocks and stones must have their natural surface and must not be scratched, mutilated, or shaped in any way.

• All rocks or stones to qualify must be of such hardness that they cannot be scratched with the ordinary pocket knife.

• All rocks or stones to qualify must have been found in Washington State.

• Each person entering the contest is limited to one entry.

• One winner allowed per household (Top rock of household will win).

For a complete list of all the rules and an official entry form, visit the Round Rock page for the Maritime Gig Festival at

For more information contact:

Josh Sherwin

Maritime Gig Festival Coordinator



Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce



The Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit, membership-supported organization dedicated to taking a strong leadership position for businesses and community interests that create and maintain economic opportunities. For more information on our Board of Directors contact Warren Zimmerman, President and CEO of the Gig Harbor Chamber at (253) 851-6865 or