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Sign spinners catch big air at world champ competitions in Las Vegas

Sign spinners catch big air at world champ competitions in Las Vegas
An advertising sign soars skyward during the 2015 World Sign Spinning Championships. The competition returns to downtown Las Vegas on Friday and Saturday. (Melissa Michel)

The world's best sign spinners – yes, those people who bring advertising to life on street corners, especially during tax time – will strut, er, spin their stuff this weekend in downtown Las Vegas.

The World Sign Spinning Championships will be held Friday and Saturday at the Fremont Street Experience.

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While sign spinning is far from an Olympic sport, the folks at Aarrow Sign Spinners, the San Diego company that sponsors the event, have trained more than 1,000 people in what they consider a true athletic endeavor.

As judges at left look on, a competitor demonstrates his sign spinning skills during the 2015 contest in Las Vegas.
As judges at left look on, a competitor demonstrates his sign spinning skills during the 2015 contest in Las Vegas. (Melissa Michel)

Roughly 100 people will participate in the event, which may make the spinner on your local sidewalk look like a rank amateur.

As if riding a wave of air, a contestant and his sign get airborne during last year's sign-spinning competition.
As if riding a wave of air, a contestant and his sign get airborne during last year's sign-spinning competition. (Melissa Michel)

Sending signs skyward with signature styles and moves is only part of the performance. Some of the contestants will entertain the crowd as they, too, become airborne. The acrobatic performances will be judged by a panel of experts.

The championships will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Fremont Street Experience's 1st Street Stage. It's free and open to the public.

The winner gets (drumroll) bragging rights.

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