Thursday, September 10, 2009

National Rolley Hole Championships this Saturday

Standing Stone State Park will hold the National Rolley Hole Championships on Saturday, September 12. Organizers say the traditional marbles contest draws some of the country’s best players to a tournament where contestants use special flint balls on a smooth dirt surface. The event has been featured on ESPN, ABC, CNN, CBS and National Geographic. Standing Stone State Park covers nearly 11,000 acres in Overton County within a triangle formed by highways connecting Livingston, Gainesboro and Celina. The park takes its name from the Standing Stone, an eight-foot tall rock standing upright on a sandstone ledge, which was supposedly used as a boundary line between two separate Indian nations. When the rock fell, the Indians placed a portion of it on an improvised monument to preserve it. The stone is still preserved today in Monterey.