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Winners from the inaugural skee-ball tournament in November. Photo from Transmission Arcade.

Skee-ball has been around since 1908 and first became popular on Atlantic City’s boardwalk, but like all true classics, it never goes out of style.

Columbia’s Transmission Arcade will host a free skee-ball tournament Sunday, Jan. 24 at 4 p.m.

The event is open to all but a limited number of slots are available, so advance registration is required. Details on signing up are available via the event Facebook page.

The game, aside from decorations depending on where you play, is very much the same as it was in 1908. A wooden ball, an upward-sloping ramp, and holes worth from 10 points for the nearest and easiest target to 50 points for the smallest and most difficult (some variant versions also have two 100-point targets in the upper corners of the board).

Sunday’s event will be a double elimination bracket, and prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers. It will start promptly at 4, and any late arrivals will be charged with a loss for round one.

The arcade will open at 10:30 a.m., with free skee-ball all day leading up to the tournament.

More information on the Main St. venue is available at transmissionarcade.com.

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