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Floyd County

August 1, 2008

NA-FC Parks hosting World Hoops Day

Trends are something that come and go.

Some never live to see the light of day again: men’s leisure suits, spandex shorts, multiple pairs of socks and shoe laces on at the same time and the big, ‘poof’ bangs on women.

Others are resurrected, whether people are ready for it or not, such as skinny jeans, Converse Chuck Taylor tennis shoes, bangles and mohawks.

One local woman is working to bring another item, whose heyday was in the 1950s, back to the spotlight: hula-hoops.

“I was thinking about joining a gym, but I didn’t want to be inside all summer. So, I started hooping and it took off from there,” Michele Finn, of New Albany, said.

Neighborhood kids saw Finn learning new skills in her backyard and wanted to join in on the fun. After getting so much interest, she decided to do something more.

She researched on the Internet and found out about World Hoop Day, a day where everyone is encouraged to participate in hula hooping activities. The second annual event is scheduled for Aug. 8.

She contacted the New Albany-Floyd County Parks and Recreation Department to further her reach. The group agreed to host a county-wide hoop day event, filled with music, refreshments, door prizes and demonstrations on hooping and how to make a hula hoop at home.

“We wanted to reintroduce the idea of hula hoops to the kids so that they can have balanced activity as they grow,” said Kathy Wilkerson, recreation director for the parks department.

The non-profit agency that started the world-wide event even taught Finn how to make her own hula hoops. With the help of donations from two local businesses, she and some volunteers are making 50 hoops to give away at Floyd County’s event.

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