The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will host a sanctioned Marble Tournament sponsored by the West Virginia Marble Shooters Association on Saturday, April 4, at the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston. The tournament is open to children from seven to 14 years of age and all skill levels. Children may not turn 15 before June 10, 2009. Trophies will be awarded to the top three boys and girls. The tournament is free of charge.
Interested participants can come to the Cultural Center as early as 8:30 a.m. Members of the West Virginia Marble Shooters Association (WVMSA) will show beginners how to shoot marbles from 9 - 11 a.m. The tournament will begin at 11 a.m. Tournament marbles will be provided.
The competition, entitled The A. James Manchin Memorial Marble Tournament, will result in both a boy and girl champion who will be eligible to go to the 86th annual National Marble Tournament in Wildwood, New Jersey, in June to compete for national honors, college scholarships and numerous prizes and awards.
The marble game played in the tournament is called Ringer. It is played by placing 13 marbles in the form of an “X” in a 10 foot circle with players alternating shots. National contest rules will apply in the competition and can be found by visiting the Web site www.nationalmarbletournament.com. Additionally, the WVMSA will have marbles for sale.
Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information about The A. James Manchin Memorial Marble Tournament, contact Nancy Herholdt, education manager for the Division, at (304) 558-0220, ext. 175.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices are located at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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