Yo-Yo Exhibition

I know its hard to remember that we have any other children besides Beth but we do still have Thomas and Daniel hiding in the wings. On Sunday we took Thomas to Miamisburg, Ohio for a yo-yo exhibition being put on by Pastor Mike. We met Mike at COSI when he was doing a top spinning and yo-yo demonstration. That’s when Thomas was really into yo-yoing and had learned several tricks. I guess Thomas Impressed him because when he emailed us the invitation this is what he said,

“Your son will love it.  We will have some beginners and probably lots of people with intermediate skills.  Even your son, with his advanced skills, will enjoy the day as Mark can help him with some new tricks and share some fun yo-yo stories.”

I don’t know how advanced his skills really are but he had fun showing off either way.



Mark Hayward is the 1995 Masters Division World Yo-yo Champion, and all around funny guy. He did a some demos of basic to advanced tricks then he did a few lessons. And finally he hung out with the kids and gave advice for tricks they were trying to master.


Me, I’m not so much of a yo-yoer…


Then they played a couple games. Everyone had fun trying to knock the cups down with a yo yo. Its much harder than yo would think.


The day ended with a competition to win a Velocity yo-yo from the yoyofactory.com. Of course, Thomas REALLY wanted to win that yo-yo! It was a yo-yo dribbling competition, keep your yo-yo going up and down without stopping. Once the yo-yo stops you’re out. Everyone was doing pretty good, sticking in the competition, so Mark had to make it a little more challenging.


Yo-yo while patting your head, next rubbing your belly, then hoping on 1 foot…


Eventually it was down to these last 3 contestants. After reciting the alphabet backwards they had to walk in circles around the table. Faster and faster….


While patting your head…


Until an unfortunate mistake cost Thomas his place, his yo-yo hit the table and stopped. Oh no now it was down to Dan and the other guy…


Once they stopped circling the table they both complained of being dizzy, but it was finally too much for one of them…



And the champion is….Dan!!!



Poor Thomas, he was not happy to be beat at by his dad, but hey at least the yo-yo is coming home with us, even if Dan is the actual owner.


And really does Thomas actually need anymore yo-yo’s? Here’s his case (that I made him for Xmas) I think he has plenty of yo-yo’s.



4 thoughts on “Yo-Yo Exhibition

    • I’m not sure if he ended up learning anything. Dan was trying to learn how to throw the yo yo vertically over your head, Thomas may have been working on that one too.

      The case was pretty cool and inexpensive (like under $5) I bought a soft sided case at the thrift store, used a piece of foam that I had at home, dyed it black then used a tomato paste can to cut the circles into the foam.

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