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News Release: May 24, 2017


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

Pipestem Resort State Park to Host Third Annual Murbles Tournament May 28

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Pipestem Resort State Park will host the third annual Murbles Tournament on Sunday, May 28, at the park campground. Murbles creator Murray Kramer will officiate the event and award prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The event is free to attend, play or observe and is open to the public.

“Murbles — spelled with a ‘u’ not an ‘a’ — is an outdoor game that uses what appears to be oversized marbles and requires no special skills,” said Kim Hawkins, activities coordinator at Pipestem. “The first-place tournament winner will take home a free Murbles set.”

Murbles is one of the games offered at Pipestem in warm weather months, along with other recreational oddities including disc golf, foot golf, wogging and Irish Road Bowling. To register to play in the Murbles Tournament, call the campground at 304-466-1800, extension 473, or email at Kimberly.J.Hawkins@wv.gov.

Visit www.pipestemresort.com for information about the many events and activities at Pipestem Resort State Park.

About the Game of Murbles

In 1979, Murray Kramer and his neighbor played horseshoes. Murray tried to win a game for two years but couldn't, so he decided to make his own game — one that anyone could play and win, and one that would require little setup or a dedicated playing area. His game is loosely based on the ancient European game of Bocce and uses oversized colorful plastic marbles dubbed "Murbles." (Murray's big marbles, or, "Murbles")

When playing Murbles, things like size, speed, agility and even skill are not required assets. The players determine the distance and pace of the game. Murbles are buoyant, play well in any setting and are toteable, at about five pounds total. They're an American-made game. The game is intended for two to four players. There are some rules, but starting is as simple as dumping your Murbles out of the Murble bag — and you're in the game.

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Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce The third annual Murbles Tournament will be held at Pipestem Resort State Park May 28, 2017, but the game can be played any time at the park.
Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce The third annual Murbles Tournament will be held at Pipestem Resort State Park May 28, 2017, but the game can be played any time at the park.