Asheville hula hooping community garners international recognition

Asheville won a Hoopie Award this year for having an outstanding hula hoop community. Awarded by the website,, here’s more info on the accolades from the site:


Of all of the amazing hoop communities on the globe this year, two stood above the rest thanks to our second tie of the awards this year. The 2013 Hoopie Awards for Outstanding Community go to Asheville, North Carolina, USA, and Brighton, England, UK.

It’s time to announce the winners of the Sixth Annual Hoopie Awards, although we wish to be clear that all of our nominees are winners this year. We love them all! The call for preliminary nominations for the awards went up at the start of the year. Those results were then compiled and presented to 50 randomly selected hoopers who made themselves available to be of service for our Finalist Review Panel. Literally drawn out of hat, these panelists reviewed all of the preliminary submissions and voted for their top five selections in each awards category. Those votes were then compiled, resulting in our list of 2013 official Hoopie Award nominees. Voting began on Tuesday, closed on Saturday, and now it’s time to reveal our winners.

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