Rock Tumbling Contest

Congratuations to everyone who participated in the 2017 Contest!

First Place: David Hasson, Chicago, IL, USA

Second Place: Robert Abram, Alpena, MI, USA

Third Place: Marcia Foky, Coaldale, CO, USA

Your outstanding tumbling techniques created some absolutely beautiful specimens.  Good job!

We realize that this year’s material was probably the toughest yet to tumble and polish.  That is what this contest is all about.  Not every stone is created equally by Mother Nature.  Many of you had difficulty with pitting, softness and inclusions.  I will tell you that all of you had the same quality of stone and that many of the returned stones had those same pits and inclusions in them.  Our judges were fully aware of that and took that in to consideration.  Again, I wish that more of you would have returned your finished stones to us.  It is always an equal playing field for all.  Any of you can win this contest.  At this time, we have never had the same first place winner yet.  A list of the top twelve places returnedwill be posted for the first time in our tumbling website.  You will be able to see where you placed this year; first, fifth or tenth, etc.  Severl of you tied in several places.  For those that are tied, I listed you in order of when you applied, not necessarily how you did in that “place”.  See how you did here. (pdf, 154 KB)

Please keep an eye out for next year’s material to be posted as soon as we have all the information for said rock.  You can send us your application starting January 1, 2018. 

We would like to thank all of you for joining in on the fun.  We thank those of you that have been with us through the past years and always enjoy those of you that are new to the challenge.  We also appreciate you sending out the word to all those that love to tumble throughout the world.  What a talented bunch you all are! 

Lori Millard, 2017 Tumbling Coordinator, F.R.L.M.S Inc.

2018 Worldwide Tumbling Contest

Entry info for 2018 will be updated in December 2017. Please stay tuned! Below is the contest information from 2017.

Entry fee is $30.00 (US Dollars) for 3 pounds of rough rock for continental US residents. This includes shipping the material to you via US Postal Service. Outside the continental USA will be $30.00 plus any additional shipping costs. Contest rules and application (pdf). Form is fillable via free pdf software.

  • 3 lbs. of rough rock will be shipped to you when the application and payment are approved beginning in early January 2017
  • Deadline to submit the application is June 1, 2017
  • Return via mail 5 of your best polished rocks and a copy of the entry form (shipped with the rough rock) postmarked no later than August 15, 2017
  • Apply early and take your time to tumble!
  • Cash prizes of $250, $100, and $50 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places winners!
  • Trophy for the first place winner!
  • Winner will be announced in September 2017

To enter the contest:

  • Complete the application and submit it with payment.
  • Digitally: the form can be completed digitally and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (save the completed form as a copy to your computer before sending). Payment can be made via PayPal (see link at bottom of the page). Payment via PayPal is secure and contestants can use credit cards or bank accounts. Please write your name and "tumbling contest" in the memo section.
  • Hard Copy: Or print out the application and mail with payment payable to FRLMS to the address on application.

 For more information or if you have questions, please contact Lori at (530) 533-2968 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

2016 rock tumbling winner with trophy website 2016 Worldwide Tumbling Winner Rob Abram from Alpena, MI

Winners from the 2016 Contest

I’d like to say thank you to all the folks that participated in the 2016 contest. Once again it was a tough rock to tumble. Arizona petrified wood challenged even the best of you. I will say this; the stones returned were very beautiful, but all had some sort of flaw, whether natural or man-made. That is why I encourage all that enter the tumbling contest return their 5 stones for judging. There is a very good

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First Place Trophy to David Hasson

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PO Box 2645
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