Marble tournament planned for city’s 125th celebration

Do you remember shooting marbles as a child or teenager? Well, you can have another chance to play one of your favorite childhood games during this year’s 125th anniversary celebration of Port Orchard.

Do you remember shooting marbles as a child or teenager?

Well, you can have another chance to play one of your favorite childhood games during this year’s 125th anniversary celebration of Port Orchard.

With the celebration less than six months away, Sharron King is preparing plans for a marble tournament.

King, chair of the Celebrate Port Orchard Planning Committee, said she has received four boxes of marbles from MegaMables, of Terrance, Ill.

Jennifer Walker, sales and marketing director of MegFun U.S.A., came across the Feb. 6 article in the Independent, then sent a email to the newspaper about contacting King about the marbles tournament.

Walker said that her company is the world’s leading marble manufacturer.

“We wanted to see if we can help with donating product for the possible marble tournament,” she added.

King contacted Walker about the marble tournament, then MegaMarble sent King several boxes of marbles.

When she emptied the boxes, King found 1,500 multi-colored regular “shooters,” 395 medium-size shooters and 90 large marbles or “boulders.”

“The marbles are just beautiful,” she said.

She said the company also sent 21 leather pouches with drawstrings and two small boxes that contained 50 bags with a shooter and 10 red, white and blue marbles in each.

King said MegaMarbles will be advertised during the Sept. 5 celebration event.

“We want to start working on registration for the marble tournament,” King said.

She the committee is looking at several places to hold the tournament, which will conducted by the Saints Car Club.

The committee is working on setting up age brackets and pre-registration to see how many people are going to participate.

“We need to know what we have because we are going to give out free marbles,” King said.

More entertainment

King said the committee is looking for local musicians who want to perform during a 30- or 45-minute set.

Local musicians interested in performing can email the committee at

She said the committee also is looking at having square dancers perform at the event.

The Saints Car Club is looking into getting a blacksmith demonstration set up, King said.

The committee also selected a logo for the event.

Helene Jensen of Vita Graphics designed the winning entry. Her design was chosen March 2 out of six entries.

“This was a hard choice as all of the submissions were admired,” King said.

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