OB Council calls for marshmallow ceasefire

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OCEAN BEACH, Calif. – The traditional Fourth of July marshmallow war in Ocean Beach may become a thing of the past.
A “Mallow Out” campaign has been launched by the Ocean Beach Town Council, asking OB residents to pledge not to take part in this year’s marshmallow fight.

The council is also looking for volunteers to be peace patrol officers. They will be in charge of looking out and confiscating marshmallows they see leading up to the fireworks show.

The marshmallow war began 25 years ago as a fun, family affair on the beach. In recent years, the crowds have grown and so have aggressive behaviors, making many OB residents concerned for their safety.

“Some people freeze marshmallows. They’ll light them on fire. There’s marshmallow guns and you can fire them at high speeds,” said Steve Grosch, a member of the Ocean Beach Town Council.

“Last couple of years, I’ve seen people throw the marshmallows at police officers and people,” said OB resident, Gilbert Cruz.

Grosch was born and raised in Ocean Beach and took part in many marshmallow wars in years past.

“I’ve seen it from the beginning and it’s been a lot of fun for a lot of years… And there’s people that want to hold on to the tradition and I understand that, but the tradition has turned from what it started,” Grosch said.

Grosch also mentioned OB residents were in an uproar after the Independence Day celebrations in 2013. They were upset because a child and elderly person was hurt. They were also upset at the 2,000 pounds of trash left behind.

“Gooey mess left by the marshmallows is impossible to clean on the sidewalk. You can’t steam clean it. It breaks down all the power washers. The machines can’t take it… Residents of Ocean Beach and volunteers coming down on their hands and knees and scraping marshmallow goo off of the sidewalk,” Grosch said.

Cruz said people who come solely for the marshmallow war are likely not from Ocean Beach.

“They don’t live here. They’re tourists. They’re from … wherever they come from east of the I-5. The go home wherever they go and they don’t deal with the marshmallows or the mess,” Cruz said.

The OB Town Council is scheduled to meet June 25 to continue their “Mallow Out” campaign.

To pledge to “Mallow Out,” click here.


  • scott

    Those must be some tough marshmallows if they can take out a pressure washer. Some local politicians are such idiots. I'm going to Costco to buy the extra big ones and throw them at this guys house (Joke). People crack me up that live at the beach and expect it to always be perfect. We live in a military town and people like to go to the beach and have a good time. Can't drink, can't throw marshmallows. Come on…

    • Kate

      But it seems to have outgrown itself and its not much fun if kids can't safely take part. Better to get mad at the idiots who have to take something fun and turn it iinto a big stupid riot.

  • Bob

    Instead of banning what is a good family event make rules instead.
    1. No frozen Marshmallows
    2. No Marshmallow guns, sling shots, or any device used to accelerate the speed – hand thrown only
    3. No flaming marshmallows
    4. Anyone caught violating these rules can be fined and kicked out.

  • ᙓᔕᙅO

    Isn't there somewhere with grass they can do this? Why does this have to happen on the sidewalk? Change the location, it's that easy.

  • Guest

    Here's a novel idea. Grow up and act like an adult. If you want to get your aggression out, go find a paintball park

  • thechurchofchrismartin

    You know it is a bad thing to throw these stupid marshmallows at the beach when the winged rats–THE SEA GULLS won't even eat them. I have volunteered for many years with Surfrider at the Day After clean-up. It never ceases to amaze me how drunk revelers can find so much pleasure in this idiotic activity, But hey, this is OB so you have to be cool with it.

  • Zenith Temporal

    I could care less about the clean up or the violence caused by throwing them. It really all pales in comparison to all the lives taken just to make the marshmallows. Somebody has to die to make the gelatin or eggs for marshmallows. It is not something we think about or care about because we never get to know that somebody because to us and the industries that profit off of their bodies, they are simply commodities, numbers, things to use.

    We want an end product and we don't care or want to care how it came to exist. If a million lives were taken to make $100 in actual product we don't care, because what they went through doesn't effect us. We will never feel the pain or see the horror of that life. All we see is the rows of packaging for a product we want.

    We can complain about the minor little nuisances to our clean sterile lives because we can understand them. They are so petty and insignificant, we feel we can do something about it. Our brains are simple and cannot fathom billions upon billions of lives being taken and used as food or for other purposes. We cannot see how that is wrong because the numbers don't compute in our head. We don't see more than we choose to see and believe. Those lives are real and what happens to them cannot stop unless we choose to stop it.

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