Strasburg chamber joins in on rock game

Strasburg residents have gone crazy over a game they call “Strasburg rocks.” The idea is simple: paint rocks, hide them, search for rocks other people have hidden and post pictures of your finds.

Now, the Strasburg Chamber of Commerce has joined in.

The chamber held a free event Wednesday for residents to paint their rocks – something Angie Herman, executive director of the chamber, said was part of the organization’s community efforts.

“This is just something fun and unique to the community as far as getting the kids involved,” Herman said.

The chamber set out tables in its boardroom in the First Bank building in Strasburg for the event. Fox’s Pizza brought pizza, while the chamber supplied rocks, paints and aprons for residents who wanted to join in on the painting.

The chamber also set out a station for drying rocks, and the rocks were sealed so that paint wouldn’t chip off easily.

“Our mayor was there as well, helping out painting,” Herman said. “Shuffling pizza out to the kids. It was really good.”

But the goal of the event wasn’t to get people stuck in a room, painting. Herman wanted people going outside, hiding their rocks and hunting down rocks other people had hidden.

On that front, Herman said the event was a success.

“Downtown was pumping,” Herman said. “There were a lot of people out and about, and it was just really good to see.”

This was the second event the chamber has held for people to get in on the rocks game, and Herman said the organization has no intention to stop. The group plans on incorporating Strasburg rocks into future events it holds, like Oktoberfest and Mayfest.

Herman said that the chamber’s involvement in the rocks game is not unique among chambers of commerce in small towns.

“It is a nationwide movement among chambers – smaller chambers like ourselves that are more community-centered,” Herman said.

She added that the chamber also hopes to start a sort of pen pal game with small towns on the West Coast, where the chamber will send out rocks to West Coast towns and receive rocks in return.