CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will host a sanctioned Marble Tournament sponsored by the West Virginia Marble Shooters Association (WVMSA) on Saturday, April 6, at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston. The free tournament is open to children from 7 to 14 years of age and all skill levels.

Interested participants can come to the Culture Center at 9 a.m. Members of the WVMSA will teach beginners how to shoot marbles from 9 – 10:45 a.m. The registration deadline is 10:30 a.m. and the tournament begins at 11 a.m. Tournament marbles will be provided.

The fifth annual competition, titled The A. James Manchin Memorial Marble Tournament, will result in a boy and girl champion who will be eligible to go to the 90th annual National Marble Tournament in Wildwood, N.J., in June to compete for national honors, college scholarships, 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 website Additionally, the WVMSA will have marbles for sale.

Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information about The A. James Manchin Memorial Marble Tournament, contact Rachel Moses, cultural program specialist for the Division, at (304) 558-0220, ext. 127.

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.

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