Damn that event was fun for me.
I don’t remember everything…but didn’t you (Steve) get up on stage and sing or something at one point? lol :p. I have a fuzzy memory, but I could’ve swore this happened! haha
I live in a small town so this was the first time I’d met up with other yoers in person, and it was SO cool to actually meet some amazing people I looked up to.
And they gave me SO much swag! I remember that if you stayed at the hotel where the contest was, they’d give you a free Metallic Missile yo-yo. I wasn’t staying at the hotel…but they threw the yo-yo into my bag of goodies when I got there and registered anyhow! I was SO excited about that back then!
The trophy I got for taking 1st in the novice/noob division is the fist trophy I’ve ever recieved for anything…and it’s surprisingly heavy and very well made. Man I loved that thing!!
And later that year, I decided it’s be cool to run a small event at my local library for kids teaching them the basics of yoing.
I contacted Yomega and told them I’d won 1st in the novice division and asked if they had any tips or anything on running the event.
The lady got back to me right away and told me she’d send me out a packet.
About a week later a UPS dude comes by and drops off a huge freaking box. It was heavy too!
I open it up, and there was 24 yo-yos (raiders and fireballs and a few brains if I remember right)…24 of their instructional VHS tapes, 24 instruction books, 24 things of lube and string packs, and 24 pouches to put your yos in.
lol I was so blown away by it that it made me cry! >.<’
I bet some of the kids that showed up to the event I ran still remember it fondly! (haha now that I think about it, they’d all be in their 20’s now and are no longer kids!). It was free, and they all got a cool bag stuffed full of awesome yos and accessories!
I kept the left overs in the trunk of my car, and I’d once in awhile find random kids to give the stuff to lol. I was playing with my yo once in a fast food place I worked at on break and a father came up to me and said something about how cool it was. So I went out to my car and brought back a ton of stuff for him and his 2 kids with him lol…they were on vacation from out of state. I’m glad I was able to give them a cool little memory and add to the fun of their vacation!
lol…those were such fun times in my life!