When I was little, I went through a yo-yo phase, where I was completely fascinated by these spinning toys on strings. I tried to master every trick, like walking the dog. I wasn’t particularly successful, but I still think yo-yos are pretty cool.
On June 9, aspiring yo-yo players will compete in the Indiana State Yo-Yo Competition at the Indianapolis Artsgarden near Circle Centre Mall. The fun kicks off at 10 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. If you’d like to participate, you can register online here. But I’m more interested in observing the competition, which starts with 1-minute freestyle performances. As competitors advance, the length of performance lasts longer and the tricks become much more difficult.
The competition will be judged by competitive yo-yo professionals, and is organized by the Yo-Yo Hero and one of the world’s best yo-yo artists, Takeshi Kamisato.
The Indianapolis Artsgarden is also home to a series of free lunchtime concerts. It’s a great way to break up the monotony of the workday. To check dates, times and performances, a calendar is available here.