Most locals know about the famous OB Marshmallow Fight that happens after the fireworks each July 4th right at the beach. Two great throngs gather and begin pelting each other with the mushy white gobs. This goes on, with each side advancing or retreating until enough people tire and the event melts away like the last fireworks.
After a couple pitches onto the beach, the typical marshmallow, unlike the stone that gathers no moss, gathers several layers of sand which makes it quite a formidable weapon.
Who did start the first OB marshmallow fight?
I posed that question to long-time resident Rich Grosch recently. In an email, he responded:
Actually, the first marshmallow fight started with Michael Stewart and Tom Zounes 4th of July party on the beach at the foot of Muir Street.
Then escalated to a fight between the blocks of 4900 Saratoga and 4900 Muir.
My annual Fourth of July party kinda perpetuated it and then of course, it took on a life of its own.
Rich said there was a nice article the Beacon did on it but after going to that news services’ archives, I could not find anything.
What years are we talking about?
UPDATED! Video from 2009 OB marshamallow fight courtesy of Sunshine!