Rockin’ It: Residents embracing ‘nice’ rock phenomenon

The chamber has invited local people to decorate rocks, which will be used to decorate dinner tables. (Bowie News photo)

Some look like chickens and some like fire trucks, while others have inspirational messages to brighten someone’s day.

These artistic projects are being created on rocks and hidden around the county for others to find as part of a national rock-painting trend that has taken over the county.

According to national organizer’s, the activity encourages people to get outside and explore while spreading kindness to unsuspecting recipients. Anyone can decorate rocks with pretty pictures or encouraging messages and hide them in public places in the community.

However, you don’t have to paint a rock to go searching. When you find a rock, take a picture, and post it on the county’s Facebook page, “Montague Co. Rocks.” Then keep it for yourself or hide it for someone else to enjoy.

The trend began with national social media pages like “Kindness Rocks” and “USA Rocks etc.”

Montague County’s page was created by Lorrie Leonard of Sunset after she noticed a friend’s children were finding and posting rocks on a Wise County page.

“I researched how Kindness Rocks was started, and thought it would be fun to start a group in Montague so my boys could have fun spreading words of encouragement to others,” explained Leonard.

She created the page in early July, and the rock craze has spread like wildfire.

“Let’s spread happiness, love and inspiration through the simple gesture of painting rocks and hiding them throughout the community for people to find,” said Leonard. “This is a community-building group meant to inspire creativity in all ages and bring families back together again. This is for any person of any age. Get creative and get outside.”

Participants are asked not to tell where rocks are hidden, as to not take away from the treasure hunt.

“The goal is to get lots of people all across our county painting so there are lots of rocks to find out there,” said Leonard.

Rock hunt, paint rocks and hide rocks and invite friends, family and neighbors to join at

The Bowie News is joined the game with its own unique rock creations. (News photo)