25 September 2008

Marble Fest

There are a million things to do this weekend locally so it is unlikely you'll make the 4.5 hour trek to the Marble Festival. A few years ago, I found some ancient marbles while rehabbing. Since then I have had some interest in them.

Sistersville WV is across the river from Fly, OH kinda between Marietta and Wheeling on the river. Map here

Marble Festival celebrates the marble making industry that once thrived in this area. At one time, there were over 20 marble factories within a 60-mile radius of Sistersville.

Today, only two remain: Jabo Vitro marble factory located 25 miles south of Sistersville in Lower Newport, Ohio and Marble King located in Paden City.

During the long weekend, children will be instructed on how to play marbles and afforded the opportunity to participate in a youth marble tournament Saturday morning.

A fan favorite are the marble makers themselves. Amateurs and professionals alike will line the streets, shoulder to shoulder plying their trade and hobby for the gathered visitors.

Old postcard of Sistersville:
Unfortunately we just missed the Oil and Gas Festival

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