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Duncan 1953 District Champion Star
Exhibit #1221
Size15 cm x 14 cm
OwnerRick Brough

A dated district champion patch from Duncan. To my knowledge, this is the only year that Duncan star patches had the year embroidered on them. Duncan also awarded, from the same year, 8 trick bronze star, 15 trick silver star, and the 22 trick white star patches.

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Lodi News-Sentinel - February 20, 1952
Lodi Boys, Girls Invited To Enter Yo-Yo Contests
"Lodi youngsters with supple fingers are being urged to begin practicing for the yo-yo contests leading to a city championship which start here Friday.

A chenile shield goes with the city title. Boys and girls who were under 16 years of age as of Jan. 21 are eligible to compete.

Elimination contests will be held at Needham, George Washington, and Lincoln playgrounds on Friday, and Tuesday and Thursday of next week.

Emblem awards will be presented to first, second, and third place winners in the nine contests.

Eighteen 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, nine boys and nine girls, will strive for championships of their playgrounds on Friday, Feb. 29.

A boy and girl champion from each playground will vie for the city title on March 1 at a place to be announced later.

Boy playground champions will receive sweaters. Girl winners receive gold charm yo-yo's.

Contest times will be announced to children by their playground directors. Ralph Wetmore and Robert Tamblin are in charge of Needham contests; Bill Cencirulo will direct activites at George Washington; and Judy Reggelbregge will preside at Lincoln.

Recreation Director Ed DeBenedetti will appoint other judges to assist him in the playground finals and city championship contest. Playground contestants will be judged by the directors."

Lodi News-Sentinel - February 20, 1954
Yo-Yo Champs Are Crowned
"District yo-yo champions were crowned at the Lodi Grape and Wine Pavilion yesterday afternoon, as 20 participants from eight cities vied in a dazzling exhibition of tricks.

Judge Bob Allen, representative of the Duncan Yo-Yo Co., pronounced the district finals, which attracted some 250 spectators, one of the most exciting in his memory.

Competition was so close in the boys' division that Judge Allen ruled three tied for first honors at the end of the regular trick period. Another hour of contesting followed, which resulted in a two-way tie.

Named as boy co-champions were Fred Leiser, Yuba City, representing Sutter county schools, and Greig Sullivan, Stockton.

In the girls' division another two-way tie resulted and a run-off was necessary. The winning firls were Darlene Roach of Turlock and Clair Lee Leiser, Yuba City, sister of Fred Leiser.

Michele Nance of Lodi was in third place, right behind the leaders in the girls' division with 90 points.

Jerry Winchester of Lodi placed 8th in the boys' division, with 70 points.

Mayor Mabel Richey welcomed the contestants. The latter and their parents and guardians were served refreshments prepared by Mrs. Florence Dudley of the City Recreation Department."
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1953 Award patch set, front
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