I myself am in northern Indiana!
FunFX? There’s only one of those. It’s not a franchise. Vic, the owner, is still in business as FunFX, but is long since out of the yo-yo game. Funnily enough, it’s where I got my start in the late nineties, and I do miss having local purchasing power.
It really sounds like you’re local to me. I’m in the South Bend/Mishawaka area. You?
if you are local to me, continue reading. if not, little of this is going to make any sense
Locally there is absolutely nothing. No competitions, events, or even stores that retail anything we’d consider a usable yo-yo. You’re looking at a drive to do anything entertaining in this regard. The Plymouth, MI event is the closest to me. I know of no Chicago, Kalamazoo, or Ft. Wayne based events.
The Indiana State Yo-Yo Contest is held (May 30th this year) in Indianapolis. For any other possible information, I’d say to hit up the American Yo-Yo Association website.
I’ve considered putting together a club here in South Bend. We had one, once upon a time, through the old FunFX store. But that was back when they were in the lot that Guitar Center is in now, and well over a decade ago. I could probably talk Vic into carrying modern product again (as opposed to his current nothing) if there was a strong enough local demand for it.
The membership would be decidedly small, as I’m the only one in the area I know that still plays. I’m not sure how to go about finding how many players might actually be in the Michiana area, so any thought on this would be greatly appreciated.