Des Moines Marble Show
Saturday, June 6th, 2015

3rd Annual Des Moines Marble Show

The 3rd Annual Des Moines Marble Show will be held on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines, Iowa. In-room trading is open to the public and will be in full swing by Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015. Whether you collect antique, vintage, or contemporary marbles – there is sure to be something for you at this year’s show. Be sure to register for the door prizes during Saturday’s show which are given out every 30 minutes. Admission is FREE!


A children’s marble tournament will be held during Saturday’s show beginning at 11:00am. Trophies and marble tournament medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place! Children will receive a complimentary bag of marbles and a Des Moines Marble Show button for participation. The tournament is open to children ages 12 and under. Practice marble rings will be set up beginning at 9:00am if you would like to learn how to play before the tournament starts. An expert will be on hand to provide instruction.


Don’t miss out on the adult marble tournament which takes place Friday night at 7:00pm in the Ambassador room! Yes, trophies and marble tournament medals will be awarded for the big kids too! Appetizers will be provided compliments of the Iowa Marble Club and drinks will be available for purchase in the hotel lounge.


In-room trading will start as early as Wednesday and often goes into the early hours of the following morning. In-room trading is open to the public and is often the best time and place to not only find some of the best deals but also learn about marbles from some of the hobby’s most knowledgeable collectors. It is not uncommon for over 50 rooms to be open and available for in-room buying/trading/selling. If the door is open, simply walk right in!


Antique handmade and machine-made marbles will be on display including examples from Akro Agate, Alley Agate, Christensen Agate, M.F. Christensen, Marble King, Master, Peltier, Vitro Agate and many others. In addition to antique marbles, exhibitors will also be displaying many antique marble related items such as original packaging, marble bags, marble toys/games, marble tournament medals/pinbacks, and many marble advertising items, etc.


Holding a marble show in Iowa the first Saturday in June is a long standing tradition that began with a small group of marble collectors gathering in the back of a Davenport bail bondsman’s office during the summer of 1977. Although the location has now moved to Des Moines, the tradition continues as the show is still very much alive and well!


If you have antique marbles or marble related items, feel free to bring them in for FREE identification and appraisals.


We hope to see you there!


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