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Round Up Your Rock! Annual Round Rock Competition Is Back!

Let the 2014 Round Rock competition begin! This popular competition was first created back in 1951 by C.E. Shaw, who was well known for entertaining Gig Harbor with Rooster Races in the 1930's and 1940's. The Round Rock contest was re-introduced in 1998, and now each year the winners are announced during the first weekend in June during the Chamber's Maritime Gig Festival. This year the two day Maritime Gig Festival takes place on Saturday June 7th and Sunday June 8th.

The concept for the contest is simple. Participants search for the roundest natural rock they can find and submit it to the museum prior to the contest deadline, which this year is Friday, April 18th. 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 18, 2014. (Please note the museum is closed on Mondays during the winter).

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 Contest page at

For more information contact:

Josh Sherwin

Maritime Gig Festival Coordinator



Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce