CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will host the sixth annual A. James Manchin Marble Tournament sponsored by the West Virginia Marble Shooters Association (WVMSA) on Saturday, April 19, at the Culture Center on the 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 come to the Culture Center from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. to practice. Registration will be open from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The tournament will begin 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 Pre-registration is encouraged.

For more information about The A. James Manchin Memorial Marble Tournament, contact Rachel Moses or Chris Reed, cultural program specialists for the division, at (304) 558-0220, ext. 127 and ext. 185, respectively.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, 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.