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2015 NYC Unicycle Festival in the News

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Photo courtesy of Metro - New York Edition"][/caption] Reporter, Chester Soria put together an excellent write up for this year's Unicycle Festival that made the front page of the September 8th New York edition of the   Metro newspaper. I exited the subway this morning and grabbed a copy of the free news paper, folded it and slipped in my shoulder bag. When I got into my office I was pleasantly surprised to see a unicycle gracing  the front page. Over the last 5 years the festival has made the front page of many of the local borough wide papers.  For last year's festival there was this article in the New York Daily News written by by Doyle Murphy.  However, this year has been the first time  that I recall the festival making the front page of a city wide distributed newspaper. Check out the Metro article and the slide show of photos taken for Brooklyn Unicycle day. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="503" caption="Photo courtesy of Keith Nelson via The New York Times"][/caption] Not to be completely out shown by the the Metro, Laurel Graeber who writes children interest stories for the New York Times wrote this descriptive piece in the Art section of the times. She actually used a photo from the 2014 Unicycle Festival in order to make the deadline for Thursday's paper. But that is okay since the same two boys in the photo, Harry and Ziggy, had a rematch during this year's festival.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="380" caption="Photo courtesy of Keith Nelson via DNA info"][/caption] DNA info's Irene Plagianos also wrote a nice description in her coming events article in last Tuesdays edition of the magazine. They also posted a 2014 sumo contest photo this time with two of the festivals dedicated volunteer staffers going at it. If there are additional articles released in this weeks local papers, I will add them to this post so return to our website and check them out. In the meantime there are plenty of photographs for you to check out in the links included in my previous posts.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ September 8, 2015

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2014 NYC Unicycle Festival Results

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

The 2014 New York City Unicycle Festival organized by the Bindlestff Family Cirkus, began on August 29th with the celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle Day. This has been the fifth annual three day unicycle festival that has taken place in New York City. At just before 3:00pm, 66 unicycle riders gathered at the City Hall park just across from the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge walk way awaiting the signal to head over the bridge into Brooklyn. After making it to the Brooklyn side of the bridge, 46 unicycle riders decided to continue on riding through Brooklyn with Coney Island being the final destination. The tour across the  bridge and through Brooklyn was organized by Unicycle Bridge Tour. It was an incredible day weather wise with warm temperatures with low humidity and a gentle breeze.

Upon reaching Coney Island riders were greeted and joined by a host of additional participants ready to continue with the day's festivities at Coney Island. We gathered at Nathan's Famous on Surf Avenue to fuel up for the evening. Some took advantage of the free ride on the Wonder Wheel after posing for the group photo below.

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A little later that evening an incredible array of talented performers put on a show for large crowed that gathered at the Shooting Gallery Art Annex. The performers, performed nine separate acts in front of a packed house. Everyone was wowed and entertained by the dancing, riding, acrobatics, balancing, juggling and magic acts that the group performed. The show was hosted by Kyle Petersen also  known as "The Brooklyn Juggler".

Days two and three of the festival took place on Governors Island. Day two being the main day of the festival, was chock full of activities with DJ Sky King mixing on the ones and twos providing music in the background  for both days.

Available activities included: unicycle basketball, unicycle hockey, a trials course, unicycle sumo, unicycle skills performances and a whole lot more.

Staff from Just One Wheel were on hand to help teach both kids and adults how learn to ride in addition to the well attended learning center. brought their trailer full of unicycles, unicycle part and accessories for purchase.

After the performances, a raffle was held where lucky ticket holders won unicycle parts and unicycle accessories. The grand prize was a brand new trials unicycle courtesy of

A great time was had by all who attended. Many expressed their appreciation for the festival and all of the activities that took place. The photos above are just a small sample of the photos taken over the three days of the festival. I hope that you take the time to view all of the photos on our Flickr site. The photo may provide a better sense of the activities that took place. I would have liked to have taken many more photos however, there was just so much to do at the festival. In any event, while you are there on the site,  you can see and enjoy all of our photo albums. Additional photos are posted each month.

This year's festival, as has the previous festivals are provided at a great cost. As such the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is continuously looking for additional funding and sponsors. If you, someone you know or, some local company r vendor would like to participate or contribute to next year's festival, do not hesitate contacting them via their website. Any assistance to having this event continue annually will certainly be appreciated.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ September 16, 2014

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2012 NYC Unicycle Festival

Monday, August 20th, 2012

The third annual NYC unicycle festival will be taking place from Friday, August 31st through Sunday, September 2nd. I hope that you all are ready for some fun unicycling activities. As in the past, this year's three day unicycle festival is being organized and produced by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. Participation in all events are free of charge. We are asking everyone to support the event anyway that you can by either volunteering or contributing through the NYC Unicycle Festival website. You can also contribute at the event by participating in the the daily raffles and purchasing T-shirts and other memorabilia. Sponsors are also welcome. The organizers have published the following schedule of events, some of which are subject to change. We will post additional information as it is made available to us.  Bringing or having your own unicycle is not required  for participation in many of the activities. A helmet will be required for participation on the trials course as well as new learner in the workshops.  It is optional but recommended  for other unicycling activities. Be sure to register for the festival upon arriving in the activities area on Governor Island. Friday, August 31st Brooklyn Unicycle Day - times are approximate. If you are meeting up for a portion of the ride, it is advisable to get to meet up locations 45-60 minutes prior to scheduled time. Any and all unicyclists with any size unicycle are encouraged to join in the ride over the Brooklyn Bridge.  However it is recommended that a 24 inch wheel or  larger be utilized for the ride through Brooklyn on to Coney Island. 2 pm Riders gather on the East Side of City Hall Park (on Park Row, Manhattan)) 3 pm Cross Brooklyn Bridge (all wheel sizes are encouraged) 4 pm Pass through Grand Army Plaza into Prospect Park. 5 pm Enter the Ocean Parkway Bicycle Path 6 pm Arrive at Coney Island (arrival time is approximate) 7 pm Dinner break. Buy your own food and meet by Nathan's Famous (Stillwell & Surf) 8 pm Meet at Deno's Wonder Wheel for the Coney Island Unicycle Jam 9:30 pm Fireworks Saturday, September 1st Governors Island Noon to 4:30 pm Learn to Ride Noon to 4 pm Trials Course Noon to 4:30 Open Riding 1 pm Workshop: Hopping by Jim Owen 2 pm Basketball 3 pm Record Setting Attempts 3:30 pm Races 3:55 Group Photo 4 pm Trials Course Show Off 4:30 One-Wheel Public Show 4:55 Raffle Drawing Sunday, September 2nd Governors Island Noon to 4:30 pm Learn to Ride Noon to 4 pm Trials Course Noon to 4:30 Open Riding 1 pm Workshop: Unicycle mounting by James Sui 1:30 Workshop: Wheel walking by Logan Kerr 2 pm Hockey 3-4 Relays and Games 3:30 Sumo Wrestling 4 pm Trials Course Show Off 4:30 One-Wheel Public Show 4:55 Raffle Drawing I hope that many of you will be participating in on multiple days.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ August 20, 2012

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