Here is an event even the couch potatoes will enjoy. It is hosted at Standing Stone State park each year about this time. If the tournament itself does not appeal to you, the park is a great place to appreciate nature and you can spend a little time listening to that Tennessee music we natives tap our toes to. It is going to be a beautiful week end, 80 degrees and low humidity, get out there and enjoy it. Besides, the entrance price is definitely right!
September 16, 2017 Event is 8 AM – 7 PM.
Standing Stone State Park will host the National Rolley Hole Marbles Championship and Festival on Saturday, Sept. 16, drawing some of the country’s best players to Tennessee where they will match wit and skills in what is known as the Super Bowl of marbles. In its 35th year, the event includes kids’ games, marble making, a swap meet, tournament play, demonstrations, food, and music festival.
Event will be hosted by Standing Stone State Park and the Friends of Standing Stone State Park, the festival will kick off at 8 a.m. and admission is free. Registration is required for the Rolley Hole Tournament. This one-of-a-kind in the world event, known to many as “the world’s most challenging marble tournament, where only the finest players in the world dare to compete”, attracts players from different states and countries each year and has been featured by ESPN, ABC Evening News, Sports Illustrated, Charles Kuralt and CBS, the Smithsonian Institution, CNN, National Geographic, Southern Living magazine and even on Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts.the game of marbles is an ancient universal pastime and the Rolley Hole is a folk game similar to croquet. It will be played by the rules of the National Rolley Hole Marbles Championship, on a dirt yard that measures 40-by-25 feet. The strategy comes by determining the best way to keep opponents from making the hole, which often requires skillful hard shots against their marbles, sending them ricocheting across the yard. In addition to the final championship, the festival will offer several separate marble tournaments for spectators and marble players to enjoy. In addition to a day full of marble fun, the 35th National Rolley Hole Marbles Championship event will include seven hours of live bluegrass, blues, and old-time music. The 2017 NRHMC Music Festival lineup will feature Uncle Shuffelo & His Haint Hollow Hootenanny. Also performing at the festival will be the Rockdale Ridgerunners, Avery Trace, Lonesome County Line and Kentucky Just Us. The lineup also lists the likes of Trenton Caruthers, Mike DeFosche, and Conner Vlietstra. There will also be a tribute to the music of the late blues musician and marble maker Robert “Bud” Garrett, with special sets by Robert Eskew.Standing Stone State Park is located 10 miles north of Livingston, Tenn., just off Highway 52 near Celina, and covers nearly 1,000 nature-scape acres on the Cumberland Plateau of north-central Tennessee.