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Kendama event planned at Second Childhood on Saturday

In a world dominated by battery operated toys, video games and other electronic devices, a simple wooden skill toy was the top selling toy in Hastings this Christmas season according to Barb Hollenbeck owner of Second Childhood Toys in downtown Hastings.

Now, Hollenbeck has planned a free kendama event at the store from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11.

A crew of kendama experts are coming to Hastings to teach area children tricks and techniques.

Hollenbeck said she sold 1,657 kendamas in 2013, most of which were sold late last year.

“In my 17 years of business in Hastings, I haven’t seen a craze this intense since the beanie babies” she said.

The Kendama is a wooden Japanese skill toy that consists of a ball on a string tied to a handle that tapers to a spike and has a set of cups near the spike.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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