The physical set up began last week for the 14th annual Sistersville Marble Festival, but the process is one that takes many months, according to festival founder and coordinator Jim King.
The three-day festival, taking place this weekend along the streets of downtown Sistersville, has a dedicated crew that lends its time each year, especially in the weeks leading up to the festival, King said. As always, admission and space for vendors are free.
"Things have come together very well for this festival," said King. "It even looks like we'll have great weather all weekend."
Volunteers work to get ready for this year’s Sistersville Marble Festival to be held Friday through Sunday.
The gathering draws marble enthusiasts from all over the United States, and even some from Canada. King said he expects to see new vendors and visitors this year.
"We've had many requests from new vendors who would like to set up," said King.
The festival has become known for its marble-making demonstrations by world-renowned glass artists, a children's marble tournament, a marble auction and streets lined with vendors willing to buy, trade, and sell marbles and flea market items. Food from local restaurants and festival vendors will also be on hand.
A main feature of Marble Fest has always been its commemorative marbles. Each year, the festival chooses to honor someone or something different. In the past, the collectible marbles have depicted local landmarks and, at times, those who have made large contributions to the marble industry.