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Yo-Yo Competition Coming to the Indianapolis Artsgarden

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.

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Written by : Nicole is a stay-at-home mom and blogger living in Columbus, Indiana. She blogs about adventures at home and away with her husband and 2-year-old son at She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She spent seven years living and working in downtown Indianapolis following college. Nicole is always looking for fun, kid-friendly outing ideas. You can contact her via email or find her on Twitter at @arrowssentforth. Nicole receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.