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Revitalizing Gig Harbor's Round Rock Contest

Humanities in the Harbor, a monthly lecture series that explores unique and engaging topics for the Gig Harbor community, will continue in March as the Harbor History Museum reinvigorates an annual Gig Harbor tradition.

The popular Round Rock Contest was created 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 Maritime Gig Festival. 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. Cash prizes are awarded to the five rocks or stones judged the most perfectly rounded rocks.

On Thursday, March 29th, we invite you to join Harbor History Museum Director Stephanie Lile and former Geology Professor Steve Benham as we revitalize Gig Harbor's Round Rock Contest. The evening's program will be divided into two parts with Lile covering the history of the Round Rock Contest and Benham discussing the science and geology behind round rocks. You might even be able to pick up some tips on where to find this year's winning rock!

Original Round Rock Promotional Photograph

Original Round Rock Promotional Photograph

Humanities in the Harbor is held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. 

Admission is FREE for Harbor History Museum members and $5 for Non-Members. 

Tickets can be purchased online on the Museum's Buy Tickets page or by calling 253-858-6722; tickets may also be purchased at the door. 

Questions and inquires may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at