CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will host the ninth annual A. James Manchin Marble Tournament sponsored by the West Virginia Marble Shooters Association (WVMSA) on Saturday, April 15, at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The free tournament is open to children from 7 to 14 years of age and all skill levels.

Interested participants may register at the Culture Center from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. that morning. A practice session and chance to learn tips about playing marbles will begin at 12:30 p.m. and lasts until the tournament commences at 1:30 p.m. Tournament marbles will be provided and are available for purchase.

The tournament’s marble game, Ringer, 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 website,

For more information about The A. James Manchin Memorial Marble Tournament, contact Chris Reed, education specialist for the division, at (304) 558-0220, ext. 185.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts with Gayle Manchin, cabinet secretary. The division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the division’s programs, events and sites, visit The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.