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Time to Round Up Your Rock for Annual Round Rock Contest!

Gig Harbor Chamber and Harbor History Museum co-sponsor contest as part of Maritime Gig Festival

Have you ever gone beach combing and found that perfectly spherical rock? Over the years many have had such good fortune and entered their rocks in Gig Harbor's annual Round Rock contest. The competition was first created back in 1951 by C.E. Shaw, a popular Gig Harbor figure who was always looking for ways to have fun. Shaw had become well known for entertaining Gig Harbor with Rooster Races in the 30's and 40's. In 1998 the Round Rock contest was re-introduced, and now winners are announced each year during the first weekend in June as part of the Gig Harbor Chamber's Maritime Gig Festival. Now is the time to start searching for that nearly perfectly cylindrical rock 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 museum prior to the contest deadline, which this year is Friday, April 17th. 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 17, 2015. (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 page for the Maritime Gig Festival at

For more information contact:
Josh Sherwin
Maritime Gig Festival Coordinator
Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce