San Diego Police have announced to the media that they will monitor the annual OB marshmallow fight, held right after the fireworks. Police told channel 10News that they will be out in force to ensure the gooey event doesn’t get out of hand. They will be stepping up their patrols leading up to the July 4th celebratory day and night extravaganza held on the sand.
It’s the 25th such marshmallow fight, begun as a good-natured fight between neighbors and friends. Hundreds, if not thousands of beach goers, take part, and markets for miles around suffer vacant shelves where once the packages of white orbs once laid. The marshmallows are thrown between competing sides of the great bonfires that mysterious ignite near the end of the exploding stars above.
And it gets messy, gooey, and all the little white globs grab hold of the sand they roll in and become projectiles then of substance. And injuries occur. Rich Grosch, not an expert on the great community tradition, but one of its originators, says there’s always been injuries. His son once got hit by a fish during the marshmallow war.
Last year, the fight grew so out of hand that it spilled over to the streets and the Veterans Memorial Rock and its surrounding tile near the foot of Newport Ave. Volunteers – some organized by folks with this blog – had to rally and scrubed the site clean. There were numerous complaints by residents and merchants about the mess.
In fact, we did a poll last year on whether the tradition should continue.
… 69% of the respondents to the OB Rag poll want the Marshmallow Wars tradition to continue, although nearly half of those want some kind of controls placed on the event by volunteers, whereas 27% believe the event is out of control and want it to end. 3% wanted to study the issue. At that time we had 62 respondents.
Granted this is not a large poll, but it is an indication of at least our readers’ attitudes. Here is the 10News report: