The 2016 World Yo-Yo Contest

Modern yo-yos.
Modern yo-yos. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While most of my fellow Clevelanders are fixated on Cleveland Hosting 2016 Republican National Convention, I happened on news of another huge event to be hosted here as well.  A worldwide competition last year hosted in Japan,  The International Yo-Yo Foundation has decided that Cleveland is to host the 2016 World Yo-Yo Contest.

Personally, I think that this better than the RNC… after all it is pretty hard not to have good memories of yo-yos.  Not the same can be said for many a politician.

Almost all of us have played with a yo-yo. They are nearly a universal toy, at least as common as the top.  Almost every culture has yo-yos.  They were a bit of an explosive fad in the 70s with the, now famous, Ducan Butterfly… every kid wanted one.  I was among those kids.  I still have two Duncan light up yo-yos in my dresser drawer.

I would love to watch the best of best strut their yo-yo skills… way more than have politicians lie to me.  The show is expected to have about 1000 competitors from over 30 countries.  There are 5 areas of competition and 10,000 dollars in prizes.  According to Yo-Yo Contest Poat at Craine’s Business, Ohio native Steve Brown, the inventor of one of the styles of play, helped coordinate Cleveland’s bid.

I marked my calendar for the dates of the dates of August 3-6, 2016.  I am looking forward to seeing some of these tricks.  Be sure to book your room at The Cleveland Renassaince Hotel early, I am sure I am not the only one wanting to see this.  Check out the video below of last year’s champion.