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Annual
YO-YO CONVENTION & SKILL TOYS CELEBRATION + YO-YO CONTESTS
CONVENTION! Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, Burlington, Wisconsin USA

                                                                        Photo: Chuck Dawson & Barry North

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                         Save the dates 2015
20th Annual Yo-Yo & Skill Toys Convention
March 1-21, 2015     1000 Yo-Yos & Memorabilia Exhibit + Hands-On Action Gizzmos
Sat/Sun March 14-15, 2015   Action Days! 
Sat  March 21, 2015              Informal Shows/Demonstrations
Sun March 22, 2015              Yo-Yo, etc. Contests& Shows!
                            
 all information subject to change


THIS IS ALL FROM 2014: 
and will be updated for 2015 later....

SPECTATORS & PARTICIPANTS WELCOME!
~ March 9-28, 2014 PRE-Convention 1000 Yo-Yos & Memorabilia Exhibit + Hands-On Gizzmos! 
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March 2014  dates vary    Yo-Yo Classes 
~March 29-30, 2014 19th Action Yo-Yo & Skill Toys Convention Time (below) 
                        all information is subject to change






19th
Annual 
YO-YO &
SKILL TOYS CONVENTION
March 29-30, 2014
+ MORE THAN $300 in PRIZES!
(yo-yo classes are only at certain times before or during dates)
The CONVENTION is a fun, funny & unique EVENT for spectators, participants, the public…
for families and grown-up kids! ages 8-108! really....You can tell everyone, for the rest of your life, you 
were at the Yo-Yo & Skill Toys Convention! ...a unique & exciting event & fundraiser, fun for all ages 8-18...


BRING GRANDPA and GRANDMA, too!
    Come to one session or all of them! 
historic downtown Burlington, Wisconsin, USA         Free Parking
Don't miss the OFFICIAL SUNDAY CONTESTS & SHOWS
PRIZES: may include Yo-Yo Factory Yo-Yos & DVDS, Duncan Yo-Yos, Yo-Yo POSTERS & other good stuff   
Yo-Yo Tricks                 Diabolo Demonstration                

   Each day & session time is different
                             Lots of door prizes Saturday & Sunday 
click here for Pre-convention & Convention Time Yo-Yo Classes  
                     Hark! Yo-Yo Classes are offered at specific times for separate fees
click for info 
 discount for entire weekend (Sat/Sun) (except classes)
                     The Weekend Pass is discounted if payment is received by March 24, 2014.  
       click for REGISTRATION FORM
     click for
   Photo albumJust a few photos, many more to come, so check back.
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                                                                                              ~Join us for incredible, classic fun~
                                                                             the 19th Annual event
                         
    YO-YO CONVENTION &
          SKILL TOYS CELEBRATION
                          Special before the convention Exhibit                                               info is subject to change

            

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and Before the convention March 9-28, 2014* 
1000 YO-YOs & MEMORABILIA EXHIBITION & Quick Demonstrations + 10 action toys/gizzmos to try (non-yo-yos)

~ See the Special, Huge  1000 Yo-Yos & Memorbilia Exhibiton, Etc.
 ( *see schedule and times for groups of 8 or more, check hours carefully)
~ The gift shop is open during the exhibition times with more than 400 kinds of tops, yo-yos, diabolos, and gyroscopes for sale. Cash only for admission and purchases. Classes (8 & older) to learn to yo-yo can be arranged for a separate fee.   Parking is free. Children must be with an adult.    262 763-3946 Groups please call ahead.(some times are already sold out) 
       Sorry, The exhibition is not open Sunday, March 30, 2014     Sunday has other events.

 


each day & session is different.  
MORE THAN $300 in PRIZES this weekend!
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Saturday   March 29, 2014            
                        YO-YO & SKILL TOY DAY
10-12 Gift shop open to public  Cash only, $20 bills or smaller is better. 
90 kinds of yo-yos: new, collectible, old. Strings, videos, dvds, cases, books, accessories, posters, collectible memorabilia + Other skill toys, logic & brain puzzles & hundreds of kinds of tops for sale, too. Thousands of items in gift shop: a tiny glimpse, more here.
Free admission to gift shop of course. .
10-12 HANDS-ON GIZZMOS, YO-YO EXHIBIT! & Yo-Yo &
         SKILL TOYS Demonstrations!
   public welcome
$10/ person at door (cash)  
See awesome exhibit of 1000 items, try 10 action toys, meet collector & yo-yo players, have fun watching/doing a variety of many informal yo-yo tricks! Bring your yo-yo or buy one here to show what you know!    (this is a time for those who know how to yo-yo to demonstrate tricks & show off tricks, this is not a class. Classes are at other  times)
                
1-4 pm  KIDS'S SESSION (ages 8-108!): ACTION AFTERNOON &
             SKILL TOYS TO TRY,   FUN CONTESTS, YO-YO TIME
                    public welcome
$15/person : afternoon 
( or come for the entire day 10-4 pm & get a classic wood yo-yo to keep!)
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ages 8-108 admitted, not younger   Kids ages 8 & 9 must be with an adult, ages 10 & older may attend without an adult, parents need to sign a permission slip
--afternoon is meant for participants. Spectators pay same admission. (they have fun, too, of course)
--door prizes for everyone! This a a great, fun afternoon!  --Bring your things…or buy them here

--Show “what you know” time: classic, advanced, free hand yo-yoing, etc!, juggling, diabolos, etc.
--Fun things to try: odd spinners, 2 handed centro device, Eskimo spinners, sky props, & other gizzmos

--Fun Contests: Longest sleeper, most rock-the-babies, longest walk the dog, most hop-the-fences, etc. 

--Claims-to-fame stories, meet champs
--Kendama and Cup'nBall Contest! (we provide the skill toys to use for these)
--Giant Slinky Spring Team Challenge (we provide the Giant "Slinky" Spring to use)
--Official International Yo-Yo Looping Contest & prize.
--Gift shop open in afternoon for participants only 
--MORE & NEW THIS YEAR: primitive tribe spinner contest (we provide the spinners)
4:30-5:30 pm Advance Trick Workshop  ages 8-adult
$40.  Cash only.  Bring your own advanced yo-yos/string or buy advanced yo-yo here. 
Each particpant also receives a high quality, long sleeping $20 ball bearing yo-yo to keep
 (imperial shape) Register in advance or call in registration.  
4-5 pm   Beginners Yo-Yo Workshop  ages 8-adult
 $34.  Cash only,.  Each particpant also receives a high quality long sleeping $20 ball bearing yo-yo to keep
 (imperial shape) Register in advance or call in registration.  
Learn how to power throw, and up to 10 tricks. 

Registration Form
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Sunday    March 30, 2014
MAJOR CONTESTS & SHOW DAY     
This is the final day of the awesome 19th Annual Yo-Yo Convention!    Duncan_logo_200



                          
11:45 - 12:45  Free OUTSIDE SHOWTIME: everyone who knows how, is invited to juggle, yo-yo, hula hoop, plate spin, etc.. to show-off your stuff & talents: bring own equipment. This is not a class, just fun to watch "fun!" have fun, be a "street performer" and a star! Add it to your resume.
 (note: no access to inside until 12:30, no access to gift shop, no access to rest rooms.)
Contest registraton forms will be outside to sign up for your divisions, etc. 
Noon 
 Hula hoop contest & paddle ball fun, public welcome 
             Free to watch Outside: $1 to enter each contest. Prizes. Hula hoops provided, bring own paddle ball 
             or buy one here. If weather is bad, these two outside contests are cancelled.
12:30 Doors Open, please have exact cash, no food or drink allowed inside
1 pm  World-Wide YO-YO CONTEST 
      & YO-YO SHOWS & 
Diabolo CONTEST!
      Public and spectators welcome!
           
Doors open 12:30  
Ages 8-108 welcome, event not for younger.
$15/person cash (all ages) at the door 
Call to order your tickets ahead. . You can pay at the door, or ahead with paypal(call for details)
Children must be with an adult.   Free parking all day Sunday in city lots and on street.
 
 

Official Yo-Yo Contests, Watch and/or participate in contests. Use your own yo-yos.
Contest prizes may include 
Yo-Yo Factory Yo-Yos & DVDS, Duncan Yo-Yos, Yo-Yo POSTERS and other good stuff, and the loud applause of the audience...
 
ENJOY Yo-Yo Shows! (New this year: audience votes this year, too, for best show performance!)
Meet champs. Funny quick contests. Looping Contest! Demonstrations of gizzzos & spinning things! Diabolo routines.
Door prizes for everyone! Really! And cool stuff for sale, too. 
Have fun at this fundraiser.  Special fundraiser options at event: bring your allowance...
Gift shop open after with 90 kinds of yo-yos & related items, action skill toys... good for you and good for presents for everyone you know!  Support this unique event
Click here: photo of past winner   
  
Click here for contest info: 
Contest Trick List & Rules       
Please note: space is limited, sorry: children under age 8 are not admitted.
No food, no drink allowed to be brought in. 
                                         ($1 bottled water available on site..it's a fundraiser...)
                                         Free parking! Really. Gift shop with yo-yos, supplies, toys. 
                                         Cash only.
                                         Get ready for real fun!

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  Registration Form                Photo Album           Sunday Contest Trick List
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Joey Greenamyer                               Rachel Bruflodt                                      Jay Bitterman, 1943 Champ  
     
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Click here to learn about a way to help:
Be a donor & supporter, tax deductible
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thanks to Rachel & Lori,  take a look: 
youtube: clips from the fun of 2009 Convention!



.   THE YO-YO & SKILL TOYS CONVENTION in the news
Did
you see about this in a magazine or newspaper?  Can you bring it along for us to copy or keep? Thanks!
Where did you read or hear about this?  Helpful for us to know. Here are a few places we know from  last year..WRJN Racine Radio 10-12 minute fun interview on April 10, 2013!, official
Wisconsin Travel Website, Milwaukee TV:  "Your Wisconsin Weekend segment on TMJ4 Live at Daybreak,"  WTMJ Radio, Craigslist for Saturday am & afternoon sessions, Craigslist for Sunday events, WISCONLINE,  Milwaukee TV FOX6NOW website,  Wisconsin Public Radio's "Tell Joy Where to Go in Wisconsin in April" show, Wisconsin Hiliter, and..let us know where you see it, too! 
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 .............Sorry, Children under age 8 are not admitted into the convention...........
           Door Prizes Galore!   Meet cool people!  See Yo-Yos everywhere!

         Win a prize in the Paddleball Marathon or the Hula Hoop contest
            Win a prize in the YO-YO Contests!      See & try other skill toys!

 

MAY I PAY AT THE DOOR? (all admissions:by cash only)
yes, but ""Sunday 1 pm Contest/Shows has very limited space and tickets, so we advise paying ahead:
send your check payable to Top Museum,
 mail to 533 Milwaukee Avenue, Burlington, WI 53105
Include your  phone number and email. Go to registration page.  
Space is limited for all sessions. 

FAQ

Hark! You must bring your own yo-yo(s) or buy one here. Sorry, we do not provide yo-yos to use. If you 
do not know how to use a yo-yo, please take a
yo-yo class at specific times.  If you cannot come to that class
 there is a short $3 Quick Class of basics offered at different times during the day at the time you buy one of our 
yo-yos ($12-$50 or higher) to give yourself a jump start!

Bring: your yo-yos & Juggling things, spinning plastes, etc. if you have some. Bring Cash for the unique & 
exciting gift shop with yo-yos, diabolos, supplies, spinner devices, skills toys, etc.
 
$1 bottled water for sale(cash) (no carry-ins allowed)

Space is limited, advance tickets are a good idea, plus you get a Big Discount in some cases.

Ongoing: meet others, practice your skills, see exhibit (not offered on Sunday), take advantage of the sales of  collectible yo-yos, videos,assorted fun throughout the day, several fun hands-on toys to try, gift shop full of unique items, even logic and brainteaser puzzles.

Cool Prizes & Fun Loot!  Door prizes for all present: Saturday afternoon & Sunday afternoon

AND Fun prizes for quick contests, too! Official prize for Looping Contest & a SPECIAL DRAWING 
(rules
at convention) for odd yo-yos, yo-yo poster, yo-yos, a  gift certificate & other cool  & MANY unusual things!

Each Sunday afternoon Contestant may receive a special gift if they complete a minimum number of tricks in the contest.
This is a FAMILY EVENT: appropriate dress, language and manners are required. (even what is on your shirt: inappropriate images and/or words will not be allowed into the events)

REWARD MONEY!   Will pay for good condition, complete approved copies of these items, 
that you bring in to us, with a story/listing of  this Yo-Yo & Skill Toy Convention or our other events!
Reward is a coupon to spend in our gift shop, no minimum purchase required. You can even combine coupons!
Reminisice Magazine,   Nov/Dec 1998:  Reward $3 discount coupon
Midwest Living Magazine,  current issue listing 2012 Yo-Yo Convention.  Reward $2 discount coupon
AAA Magazine with the 2012 Yo-Yo Convention listing:  Reward $1 discount coupon


.....one of the past conventions: Listen to
WTMJ 620 am
     Milwaukee area radio with Jay Sorgi about all of this fun.... & click here
.....Read about it in Midwest Living Magazine, Wisconsin Woman, and other places

 

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             *The fine important print/ more FAQ_____________
~all information on this page and for the convention: subject to change
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PRE-CONVENTION YO-YO CLASSES and specific times only during the convention 

--Yo-Yos, related items,  & other skill toys are for sale during all events. 
-Purchases are by cash or personal check, with proper ID. Sorry, no credit cards. 

-For events: Space is limited this year
-Door admissions are Cash only, per person, all ages: This is a non-profit organization, and your admissions help
toward the cost of the event.    Event & sessions do not admit children under age 8. 
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Pre-paid registration
is important; space is very limited this year on Sunday.

  There are absolutely no refunds, but if you are unable to attend, and cancel by phone by April 12, 2013 you may use your payment for purchases in our gift shop before Dec. 23, 2013  or for admission tickets to the Top Museum. Tour/program at scheduled times, minue a $10 cancellation fee. If you miss this cancellation deadline, your payment will be considered  a donation (thank-you) to the non-profit organization.

--Admission is charged for everyone: kids, adults, participants, spectators, parents,  relatives, friends, i.e., everyone.
    Children under age 8 are not admitted, this event
 is not appropriate for young ones.

-- Children under age 13 must be with an adult. Students ages 13-17 may attend without an adult, with a signed permission slip/release.  Event is not  appropriate for young children or babies.  

--No food or drinks may be brought into the building. Bottled water will be for sale on site

--Paddleball contest: Bring or buy a paddleball here, plus $1 entry fee. Pay day of .

--HulaHoopContest:We provide hoops, $1 to be in contest. Pay day of.

--The gift shop is open certain hours, and accepts cash,  but not credit cards, not debit cards, not traveler’s checks. 
    
Small bills only, no large bills. $20 and smaller, please. There is an ATM at the corner.

--Meals: many local restaurants within walking distance, from fast food to sit down style.

--Parking is free on street for just two hours on Sat., but free Sat. & Sunday all day in city parking lots. Sun: free all day street or lot.

--All information is subject to change. More things will occur that are not listed, too.

--Event is presented by the non-profit, educational Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum,  with lots of volunteer energy!
--Family Event: appropriate behavior, language, & appearance is required.
   Those who do not abide by this rule will have to leave, no refunds.
Yo-Yo Contest  "Contestant:" person who pays regular or advanced door admission & participates in the official main Sunday contest of the Yo-Yo Convention, providing own yo-yo & string, fully  registers,  & accomplishes at least 5 tricks successfully  in the contest will be eligible for a special gift..  
  
----REGISTRATION FORM
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r just pay (cash only) for your choice of events on day you attend,
             
… do remember, Sunday tickets are limited, so call to order yours!

 

           * Advance group discounts for 20 or more tickets purchased together for the pre-convention Exhibit. Must be pre-paid at least 48 hours in advance.

Many help to sponsor this fun & fundraising event including
Major sponor: Spinning Top &Yo-Yo Museum
and Duncan list of sponsored Yo-Yo Events, worldwide
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  All information subject to change    (262) 763-3946    
Copyright 2007-13 Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum
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~ We are sad to report that on May 12, 2009, 
Bob Paterno died. ~
He was one of the 5 founding members
of our Yo-Yo Convention. 
       ~Bob will be missed.~
Photo circa 1995: Founders of the
Yo-Yo Convention.Circa 1995:
 Bob Paterno is front row, left.
He was one of the founders &
 members of the Yo-Yo Club, also

QUICK DIRECTORY  
YO-YO CONVENTION & CELEBRATION
ADVANCE GROUP DISCOUNTS

Yo-Yo Contest rules & trick lists  Sanctioned in past years by the American Yo-Yo Association!
Events REGISTRATION FORM
Exhibition of  Yo-Yos  1000 Yo-Yos & Memorablia Exhibition: 
World-Wide Yo-Yo Contest Rules  Sanctioned in past years by the American Yo-Yo Association!
 International Looping Contest   Sanctioned in past yearsby the American Yo-Yo Association!
Past Winners:  Wisconsin State Yo-Yo Contest, World-wide Contest 
Donors, sponsorships
Yo-Yo Classes

Driving To the Yo-Yo Convention  
Media Information
AND  HULA-HOOPS & THE PADDLEBALL MARATHON! Sun.11:45 am 
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See more than 1000 Yo-Yos & Memorabilia

CONVENTION SPECIAL EXHIBIT  
See more than 1,000 old and new yo-yos, patches, string packages,
awards, and related memorabilia, meet a yo-yo collector,  videos of yo-yo perfromers,
and see 3 classic yo-yo tricks live; 
try the I SPY HUNT
Groups welcome. 


 

 


Annual Yo-Yo Convention's
WORLD-WIDE  YO-YO CONTEST  
CONTEST RULES & TRICK LIST 
 Sanctioned in past years by the American Yo-Yo Association!
Sunday, EVENT BEGINS AT 1 PM   Doors open 12:30   
TICKET AT THE DOOR:$15/person   Space is limited, Sorry, children under age 8 are not admitted.
Contest prizes and then Door prizes for everyone!    Watch and/or enter contest.   
All information is subject to change and all decisions by the judge(s), and the museum director are final.
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                                             PAST  YO-YO CONTEST WINNERS


 

 

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                 ...+ WIN A PRIZE...
                               in the fast and awesome, skillful
       INTERNATIONAL YO-YO LOOPING TRICK CONTEST!
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Past Champions and today's yo-yo pros come from all over to take part in the Yo-Yo & Skill Toy Convention. 
Spectators, participants, beginners and kids-at-heart all enjoy this convention & celebration. Don't miss this year's!  
Yo-Yo Champions at a past Convention Breakfast included:  Seated Left to right; John Crivello, Rocco Ysaguirre, 
Joe Stout. Standing: Left to right: Carolyn Apgar, Dann Ickler, Barry North, Anthony Jerving, Scott Nesham, 
Mark Hayward, Chris Mulhall.
Yo don't have to even Yo-Yo to come to this convention... it is fun to meet people and watch the classic fun. 

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SUNDAY noon   Hula Hoop Contest and PaddleBall Marathon! 2 Contests!
Take part in one or both contests, or just watch the fun.
We provide the hoops, you provide your own standard paddleball. 
                               
Jennifer and Joey at the 2008 events!
                              

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and the very funny and fun:
CLOWNS, JUGGLERS, or MIMES
WITH YO-YOS CONTEST!
 
 
Do your bit, and include a yo-yo or two.  Just show us a yo-yo! 
A prop or not, it doesn't even have to yo!                            

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 AFTERNOON YO-YO CONTESTS!
             Spectators & participants welcome!

 

Looping Contest, any age may enter
Other Contests each day, too!

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Did we mention that this unique event is put on by the volunteers of the museum?
 
Thanks to the all of them of them:

2014 Volunteers made this year's event successful!
 Thanks to Jennifer Brown, Joey Greenamyer, Dan Domanski, Judith Schulz, Judy & Andy Madsen, Peg & Harry Schulz, 
Katrin Schulz-Berg,  Doug Harris, Alice Campbell.    Special thanks to Yo-Yo Factory, Duncan, 
 Zumpano's Ristorante and all who posted the event on their websites(so many!), interviewed us on radio(including WRJN), 
wrote about the event in their newspapers (including Racine Journal Times, Chicago Tribune, Janesville Gazette, etc.), 
displayed the posters and gave out handsouts! And thanks to families who helped with set-ups on the spur of the moment.


2013 Volunteers included Judy & Andy Madsen, Judith Schulz, Jennifer Brown, Joey Greenmyer, Lori & Rachel Brufoldt, Alice Campbell, and others.

2009 Yo-Yo Convention, both behind the scenes and at the scene: Maggie Christensen, Penny Hallet, George & Helen Karcher,
  Joey, Jennifer Brown, Barry North,  Jo Ann Toelle, Doug Harris, Judith Schulz,  Katrin Schulz-Berg,  Stan Timm, Ray Ziebell, the many places and the many
 individuals that helped to distribute information, and many others that chipped in with their help;  plus thank-you to the  DONORS: Zumpano's 
Restorante & Pizzeria,  the American Yo-Yo  Association,Lucky Meisenheimer, Infinite Illusions, and several others. 
 Hope your name will be added to next year's list!

Thanks to the volunteers of the 2008 Yo-Yo Convention
, both behind the scenes and at the scene: Maggie Christensen, Penny Hallet, George & Helen Karcher,
  Joey, Jennifer Brown, John Crivello,Barry North, Chuck Dawson, Jo Ann Toelle, Doug Harris, Judith Schulz,  Katrin Schulz-Berg,  the many places and the many individuals
 that helped to distribute information, and many others that chipped in with their help;  plus thank-you to the  DONORS: Win Dawson,  Zumpano's Restorante & Pizzeria,  the 
American Yo-Yo  Association, Lucky Meisenheimer, and several others. Hope your name will be added to next year's list!
Thanks to the volunteers of the 2007 Yo-Yo Convention
both behind the scenes and at the scene:
Maggie Christensen, Penny Hallet, George & Helen Karcher,
  Paul, Tom, Joey, Jennifer Brown, John Crivello, Barry North, Chuck Dawson, Jo Ann Toelle, Doug Harris, Judith Schulz, Ann Hutchinson, Katrin Schulz-Berg, the
 Burlington High School Juggling Club, the many placesand the many individuals that helped to distribute information, and many others that chipped in with their help; 
 plus thank-you to the  DONORS: Win Dawson,  Zumpano's Restorante & Pizzeria, Adrian's Custard,  the American Yo-Yo  Association, Lucky Meisenheimer, and several others. 
 Hope your name will be added to next year's list!
Take a look at this great news article & photo set from the 2006 annual  
Yo-Yo Convention from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: 
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=411031&date=3/26/2006
Thanks to volunteers of the 2006 Yo-Yo Convention: behind the scenes and on the scene: Maggie Christensen, Penny Hallet, George & Helen Karcher, Judith Schulz,
 Paul, Tom, John, Seb,  Jennifer Brown, John Crivello, Barry North, Chuck Dawson, Jo Ann Toelle, Wally Schulz, Doug Harris, the many places and individuals that helped to
 distribute information, and many others;  plus thank-you to the  DONORS
Win Dawson, Pizza DeRoma, Spintastics, Air Traffic Supply, Tedco, Yomega, AYYA,  Lucky, and several others.  Hope your name will be added to this year's list!

 

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