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A Tennessee Treasure: Rolley Hole marbles championship this weekend

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HILHAM, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  One of Tennessee’s cultural treasures will hold its largest annual contest tomorrow.

Standing Stone State Park near Hilham, Tennessee, is hosting the 32nd annual Rolley Hole Marble Championships.

The game of marbles has gone out of fashion in most places, but along the Tennessee–Kentucky state line, several types of marble games are still played by both children and adults.

The Standing Stone tournament, and Tennessee Park Ranger Shawn Hughes are credited with keeping traditional marble games alive in Tennessee.

“It used to be a sport played on every playground, school ground and homes, and it’s gotten lost throughout the years," he said. "We don’t want marbles to die.”

The tournament begins at the park tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. There will also be marbles instruction, kids activities, marble makers, and bluegrass music.

Use this link to get more information about the championship.