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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: June 3, 2014

Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov

Contact:

Kim Hawkins, Activities Coordinator, Pipestem State Park, 304-466-1800, Kimberly.J.Hawkins@wv.gov


Has Pipestem State Park lost (or found) its Murbles?

PIPESTEM, West Virginia – Pipestem State Park is expanding outdoor recreation options in 2014. The introduction of a dirt and NASCAR-style RC (radio controlled car) track occurred in 2012, a disc golf course debuted in 2013 and in 2014, this Summers County destination has found its Murbles. 

Yes, that's right. Murbles.

"A Murble is an over-sized marble, 3 inches in diameter and weighing about a half pound each, and they are used in this outdoor game," explained Pipestem Activities Coordinator Kim Hawkins. "Murbles requires no special skills to play and is an activity for all ages. Pipestem rents the game from the park's campground store and features organized Murbles play as part of the summer activities offered at the park."

Pipestem State Park features an 80-site campground.  All campsites, as well as Pipestem's cabins and lodge rooms, are reservable online at www.pipestemresort.com, under "Online Reservations." Call 304-466-1800 or email pipestemsp@wv.gov for more information.

The Legend of Murbles (murblegame.com)

In 1979, a retired fellow always won at horseshoes against his neighbor, Murray. So Murray decided to make his own game that anyone could play and anyone could win. It didn't require a field or a box, and it is loosely based on the ancient European game called Bocce. His game was to be played with oversized marbles he called Murbles. The inventor's name is Murray, his game is a lot like playing with big marbles, hence the name Murbles (Murray's big marbles).

The game of Murbles does not rely on size, speed or agility. The players determine the distance and pace of the game, according to Hawkins. "It defies any age barriers and the exercise component is what you want to make it – slow paced or high energy. Regardless of pace, the game is a fun outdoor activity and is easy to play."

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Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.Pipestem State Park in Summers County is offering a variety of outdoors activities this summer.
Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.Pipestem State Park in Summers County is offering a variety of outdoors activities this summer.