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.
- Cleveland to host 2016 World Yo-Yo Contest (crainscleveland.com)
- BYU sophomore wins world yo-yo championship (ksl.com)
- These yo-yo world champions will make your head spin (telegraph.co.uk)