Jack London Square hosts Bay Area Classic yo-yo championship Saturday

Oakland, Calif. – May 23, 2018: Jack London Square is hosting one of the longest running and largest yo-yo contests in the country. The Bay Area Classic yo-yo championship is Saturday. The regional competition is expected to draw more than 2,000 spectators throughout the day.

“Some of the most skilled yo-yo players in the world will battle for a cash prize and title this Saturday,” said organizer John Steel, a retired world champion yoyoer. “We chose Jack London Square for the contest venue because it’s a busy location and allows for more kids and adults to see how much fun this sport can be.”

Approximately 50-60 yoyoers will enter the contest. All ages are welcome. Sign-ups are on line in advance of the competition by midnight tonight.

This family-friendly event is celebrating its 21st anniversary at the Oakland waterfront, May 26, and is free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm. Food and beverages are available for purchase and there are fine-dining options at the Square.

According to Steel, following the regionals, the nationals are scheduled for June with the world yo-yo championship anticipated in late August in China.

Visit the 2018 Bay Area Classic yo-yo championship event page on Facebook for more information: https://www.facebook.com/BayAreaClassic/

The event runs concurrently with the Norcal Session Fest at the Square from 1 pm to 5 pm where more than 30 local craft brewers show off their skills with a variety of session beers. All proceeds from the Session Fest benefit the bicycle advocacy work of Bike East Bay.

There are over 55 free public events at Jack London Square. Go here to see all the activities at the Oakland waterfront.

See here for an overview video of the events at Jack London Square

About the Port of Oakland 

The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland Seaport, Oakland International Airport, and nearly 20 miles of waterfront including Jack London Square. The Port’s 5-year strategic plan – Growth with Care – pairs business expansion with community benefits, envisioning more jobs and economic stimulus as the Port grows. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook, or with the Port on Twitter, YouTube, and at www.portofoakland.com.

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