Rock Tumbling Contest

2017 Worldwide Tumbling Contest

The rock selected for 2017 is "picture" jasper (that is a big hint for just how this rock is going to tumble/polish for you) from Hayden Hill, California near the northern California/Nevada border. The club always has fun collecting and polishing this rock. When you cut the rock you never know what the lines and colors will give you! This is going to be another challenging year for you. I cannot give you any more hints but I encourage you to do a bit of research on "picture" jaspers and how they polish.

I strongly hope that ALL of you send you 5 stones back to us because any of you have a fantastic chance of winning and/or placing in the top three. The very, very best of luck to you and have fun with this year's stone!

-Lori Millard, Tumbling Coordinator, FRLMS Inc.

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.

picture jasper 2017 tumble website 2017 Tumbled Rock Picture Jasper


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 chance that even a beginner may win or at least place in the top three. We will again give you a challenging rock to work with this coming year. We will post what that material will be soon. So. . . . . . on to the results!

       The first place winner for 2016 is: ROB ABRAM of Alpena, MI. Congratulations!

   The second place winner is: SCOTT HARDWICK of Christchurch, New Zealand. Nice work!

The third place winner is the team of NOEL RUNYAN/GERRY PERKO from Campbell, California.

To those of you that did not return your stones this year I wish to send you a bit of encouragement. Noel Runyan is blind and has been competing in this contest for some years. He has placed in the top three more than once. Send your stones in folks! It took our team of judges about three hours to pick the top three. There were only 2 points difference between first and second, and only one point difference between second and third. A VERY close race between the three, to be sure.

We hope to hear from all of you next year and that you encourage your friends, club members and family to join this contest. Anyone can win!

Lori Millard, Tumbling Coordinator

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Updated April 9, 2017

Winning 2016 Tumbled Rock: Arizona Petrified Wood

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Feather River Lapidary & Mineral Society
PO Box 2645
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