Annual YO-YO CONVENTION & SKILL TOYS CELEBRATION + YO-YO CONTESTS CONVENTION! Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, Burlington, Wisconsin USA
Save the dates in 2014 March 29-30, 2014 19th annual Yo-Yo & Skill Toys Convention & the weekend before: March 22-23, 2014 has classes,demonstrations, & practice sessions! Photo: Chuck Dawson & Barry North
The 2013 event is over, and we will update the info below for 2014 as we get closer to 2014. .................................
SPECTATORS & PARTICIPANTS WELCOME! You can tell everyone, for the rest of your life, you were at the Yo-Yo & Skill Toys Convention! ...a unique & exciting event & fundraiser...
Annual Yo-Yo & Skill Toys Convention ~ a fundraiser & fun for all, ages 8-108 ~ Major Exhibits/Displays April 7-13 (only until noon on the 13th) ~ Action Convention Time April 13-14, 2013 (details on this page) Sat. April 13, 2013: lots of informal contests, demonstrations, taking part Sun. April 14, 2013: 1 pm World Wide Yo-Yo Contest, limited tickets
18th Annual YO-YO & SKILL TOY CONVENTION April 13-14, 2013 (yo-yo classesare 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.... BRING GRANDPA and GRANDMA, too! Come to one session or all of them! 533 Milwaukee Avenue, historic downtown Burlington, WI 53105 USA Free Parking Don't miss the OFFICIAL SUNDAY CONTESTS & SHOWS Sunday: PRIZES include Yo-Yo Factory Yo-Yos & DVDS, Duncan Yo-Yos, Yo-Yo POSTERS and 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 April 8, 2013. click for REGISTRATION FORM click forPhoto album: Just a few photos, many more to come, so check back. ................................................................................................................................................................................................ --BEGINNER'S YO-YO CLASSFor ages 8- adult, Pre-paid registration required for this class. A $20 ball bearing yo-yo is included to keep! Learn tips & up to 8 classic tricks!
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 of 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! ............................................................................................................
~Join us for incredible, classic fun~ the 18th Annual event YO-YO CONVENTION & SKILL TOYS CELEBRATION Special before the convention Exhibit April 7-12 Convention April 13-14, 2013 info is subject to change
____________________________________________________________________________________ before the convention Sunday & Tue - Friday April 7-12, 2013 1-5pm (other hours available for groups of 10 or more, Monday only by appointment for group)
YO-YO EXHIBITION & Quick Demonstrations $6/person, all ages. Free parking GIFT SHOP OPEN SAME HOURS Cash only, $20 bills or smaller only. Other times to visit exhibit can be arranged for groups of 10 or more.
~ See the Special, Huge 1000 Yo-Yos & Memorbilia Exhibiton, Etc. try the I Spy Hunt, see a demonstration of 3 classic yo-yo tricks. See advertising and premium items, posters, a soap promotion, antique yo-yos, Duncan items, and meet someone who has yo-yoed with the Smothers Brothers. Meet a collector, meet an expert. Yo-yo collectibles for sale: yo-yos, display boxes, shirts, posters, string pkg., etc. ALSO: 5 NON-Yo-YO Action items to try! ~ NOTE: The 18th Annual Yo-Yo & Skill Toys Convention runs Sat/Sun April 13-14, 2013, each day & session is different. ~ Exhibit Visitors April 7-12: This is a more traditional exhibit but with several extra features. The Contests and workshops are held on other days. ~ 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
Drop in during the above hours. Cash admission. Groups please call ahead.(some times are already sold out) If you are attending this and/or the Saturday and/or Sunday events use the Registration Form.
Sorry, The exhibition is not open Sunday, April 14, 2013. Sunday has other events.
............................................................................. _________________________________________________ Saturday April 13, 2013 YO-YO & SKILL TOY DAY 10-1 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. Purchases: Cash only. ATM at corner. 10-12 Major Yo-Yo Exhibit+ SEE TRICKS, public welcome $15/person at door See awesome exhibit of 1000 items, try 5 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! Tricks you might see: a few of the classics and then "Kwijibo, Pop 'N' Fresh & Skin the Gerbil" by Rachel Bruflodt. (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). 1-5 pm ACTION AFTERNOON & CONTESTS, public welcome $25/person ( or buy a DAY PASS for the entire day 10-5 pm and save) - ages 8-108 admitted, not younger --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: yo-yos, juggling, diabolos, etc. --Fun juggling demo, diabolo demonstration, time to give them a try --Show your yo-yo tricks: classic, advanced, original, free hand, etc. --Yo-Yo Tricks demo "Kwijibo, Pop 'N' Fresh & Skin the Gerbil" by Rachel Bruflodt
--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 (cash only)
5 pm Advance Trick Workshop ages 8-adult Bring your own advanced yo-yos/string or buy advanced yo-yo here. Cash only, sorry we do not take credit cards or any plastic. 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. Class $39/person 5:30 pm Beginners Yo-Yo Workshop ages 8-adult Cash only, sorry we do not take credit cards or any plastic. 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. Class $33/person
Registration Form ....................................................................................... _______________________________ Sunday April 14, 2013 MAJOR CONTESTS & SHOW DAY This is the final day of the awesome 18th Annual Yo-Yo Convention!
11-11:45 am Beginners Yo-Yo Class $33 Ages 8-108, not younger. Advance registration/payment is required for class time, get great $20 yo-yo to keep! 11:30 - 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. 11:45 am 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 inside due to weather $2/person admission to watch/enter. 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. $20/person cash (all ages) at the door Call to order your tickets ahead. We do not take plastic. 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. Contest prizes 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!
thanks to Rachel & Lori, take a look: youtube: clips from the fun of 2009 Convention! ..._________________________________... .............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 for Sunday afternoon: Advance payment of $20 by April 8, 2013 you a $5 coupon to use on a $10+ purchase in our gift shop on April 14, 2013. Include your phone number and email. Go to registration page. Space is limited for all sessions.
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 waterfor 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, seeexhibit (not offered on Sunday), take advantage of the sales ofcollectible 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
*The fine important print/ more FAQ_____________ ~all information on this page and for the convention: subject to change -- 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. --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 bythe 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 ....or 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, through April 12, 2013. 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 ______________________________________________________ All information subject to change (262) 763-3946 Copyright 2007-13 Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum _____________________________________________________________________________________________
~ 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
AND HULA-HOOPS & THE PADDLEBALL MARATHON! Sun.11:45 am ........................................
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 with a prize! 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, April 14, 2013 EVENT BEGINS AT 1 PMDoors open 12:30 Admission: ADVANCE TICKETS: get a $5 coupon to use on a $10+ purchase in our gift shop all & every age. TICKET AT THE DOOR:$20/person Space is limited, Sorry, children under age 8 are not admitted. Contest prizes and thenDoor 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.
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.
................................................................. SUNDAY 11:45 am 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!
Did we mention that this unique event is put on by the volunteers of the museum?
Thanks to the all of them of the 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!