Monday, March 14, 2016

Rock Stacking Competition

Who thinks up these things?
It’s actually the Rock Stacking World Championship.
Did you know that there are internationally renowned rock artists?
Did you know that Llano, Texas is the Home of the World Rock Stacking Championship?

The Llano Earth Art Fest (LEAF) was this past weekend.  From what I could find this was the second year for the rock stacking championship.

While Mark was participating in the first ever disc golf competition in Llano, I hoofed it over to the park on the beautiful Llano river to check out all the festival had to offer.

Other than the rock stacking part everything else was pretty typical of a local festival.  There were booths (about 60% food, 30% jewelry, and 10% other stuff), face painting, a climbing wall, live music, etc. 
Carving sand castles.

And, of course, there was rock stacking.  It took me a while to figure it out.  There were little piles of stacked rock everywhere.

Hum... it didn’t seem all that hard, I didn’t get it. 
Turns out anyone could grab a handful of the free rocks and make a little stack. 

But then, after walking around for a while, I saw a few stacks that were obviously “professionally” stacked.  These had signs next to them that said they were entered in the contest and not to disturb them.

The Llano uplift provides the beautiful granite rock but it was acceptable for the contestants to bring their own rocks to enhance the appearance of a particular stack.

This is LEAF (Llano Earth Art Fest, get it?).  I had just walked up and snapped this picture when he started unzipping his outfit.  I guess the show was over.  I never did find out what LEAF was all about. 

There are always a few characters at these things:
  Nice hat!

This is a 3 day event with even more things happening after dark (fire spinners, star gazing, etc.).

With all the rain we have had this past week the Llano river was really rocking. 


  1. I would love to see this in progress

    1. Seems like they would have to put some thought into it before they start!
      BTW, welcome to our blog.

  2. Interesting. I have seen a lot of cairns in my life but nothing as interesting as some of those.

  3. There is a turn of the river, bend of the trail in Zion National Park that has hundreds of stacked cairns - so amazing. Your story reminded me of that great sight.

  4. Instead of rocks IN his head he has rocks ON his head.

  5. Getting caught up again... How in the world do they make those arches? Mine would be like a house of cards... one slip and they all fall down. What fun to see all that!