Ups & downs: National Yo-Yo Contest entertains crowd at Chico City Plaza

CHICO, Calif. - There were a lot of ups and downs in Chico's City Plaza.

The National Yo-Yo Championship was held in Chico Saturday.  This is the competition's 21st year in Chico.  The annual event draws hundreds of spectators to the plaza to see the championship routines.

It takes a lot of talent and showmanship with the routines coordinated to music.

There are two competition levels, the highly competitive Championship Division and a more recreational Sport Division.

Mike Marshall, a 15-year-old student at Pleasant Valley High School in Chico, is one of the local representatives in the competition.

"I yo-yo because it's fun and I get to meet a bunch of new people," said Marshall.  "So it's a really cool thing to do.  (It's) Pretty hard.  Hard enough to where you have to practice three or four hours a day if you want to be pretty good at it."

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