Yo-Yos to Descend on North Beach

Washington Square Park will be full of yo-yos and their attendant operators Saturday, during the Bay Area Classic yo-yo competition.

By Chris Roberts
|  Wednesday, May 11, 2011  |  Updated 1:08 PM PDT
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Yo-Yos to Descend on North Beach

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Plenty comes to mind when imagining what goes on in San Francisco parks -- but yo-yos? For one day at least, the toys-on-a-string will take over Washington Square Park in North Beach for the 14th Annual Bay Area Classic yo-yo competition. Yes, there is such a thing.

The region's best practioners of Around the World, Walk the Dog and other string tricks not-yet named will descend upon the popular park beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. Competitors will yo-yo until 4 p.m. At stake is the Pacific Region crown of the National Yo-Yo League (and yes, there is also such a thing). The winner will represent the Pacific Region in the National Yo-Yo Contest.

Aspiring yo-yo machinators compete in a variety of categories, but most will be given up to one minute to perform their desired trick routines to music selected by a DJ.

View highlights from last year's effort below.

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