No Marbles! Wildwood’s 2021 National Marbles Tournament Canceled
The National Marbles Tournament, one of Wildwood's best-known and oldest annual summer events, has been cancelled for the second consecutive year.
The National Marbles Tournament Board of Directors posted a message on their Facebook announcing the decision, due to uncertainty about the course of COVID-19 infections this summer in New Jersey.
The decision to cancel the 2021 National Marbles Tournament was not an easy one to make.....The safety of all our players, coaches, chaperones and members of our extended marble family is our upmost priority. Out of respect for clubs to effectively plan ahead for this event, we had to make this decision at this moment.
Wildwood has been the home of the National Marbles Tournament for decades. The tournament was founded in 1922 and has provided thousands of dollars in college scholarships to the national champions for their marbles skills in the rings at Ringer Stadium on the Wildwood beach every summer.
Contestants are 7 to 14-year boys and girls who qualify be winning local tournaments in their town or state. Thousands of those local champions converge on Wildwood for a week of serious marble competition and a big tourist payday for local merchants.
The tournament usually features over 1,200 games played over the four day tournament among a backdrop of ferris wheels and roller coasters.
Champion "mibsters" (marble shooters) from local tournaments around the United States compete in the big show with families and fans cheering on their support.
As they did in 2020, the National Marbles Tournament committee is planning for a virtual tournament during the week of June 21-24.
That means 2019's in-person champions will hold on to their titles for another year, the first time since World War II that there was a three year running champion, according to the National Marbles Tournament.