Gig Harbor residents should start brushing up on their rock-searching skills.
Finding the perfect one could lead to a cash payout.
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 1930s and 40s. 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.
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 April 15. Cash prizes will be awarded to the five rocks or stones judged the most perfectly rounded rocks. First Prize is $100, Second Prize is $50, Third Prize is $25, Fourth Prize is $15 and Fifth Prize is $10.
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To participate, contestants must follow these rules and regulations:
▪ Rocks must be submitted to the Harbor History Museum by April 15. (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 Maritimegig.com.