Hula hooping is an impossible feat for those of us with no coordination. I couldn’t make the darn thing circle around my waist more than once if my life depended on it, but I was willing to give it a try for the sake of the participation Margarita I promised myself for taking time to head over to Hoop Jam! Who should attend this event? If you need something to get your blood pumping and want to watch some masters in action, head down to Pritchard Park, grab a hoop, and have some fun.
Mission Health’s long running hula hooping event runs from the end of May to the end of August every Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30. Everyone is welcome from the novice to those experts able to shake their stuff with a flaming hoop (Yes, flaming. I have seen awesome things.) Thank goodness there are experts able to throw those of us without a clue a bone because I’d fear for the public’s safety otherwise!

This is one of those classic Asheville events that brings out all the fun characters that make Asheville a great place to live. Who knew that Asheville had so many hula hoop clubs and organizations? There were three there the time I went and many more clubs participate and are added every year. Some of the feats the experts are capable of are rather impressive and are meant for pure entertainment. This event is not just for spectators though! They have fun classes  and everyone is encouraged to try out all the moves on display to a mix of music selections that fill the park with an energetic energy.

If you’ve got a few little ones around, they are going to go nuts for this. Balloons, bright colors, and music are a magnetic combination for those under 10 and it was great to see the number of children running around. If you’re in Asheville on a Thursday and need to burn off some of those vacation calories, this is the event to do it.

When you get tired, just head to one of the many local food and beverage shops around the park and grab yourself something soothing. Since Pritchard Park is centrally located, it’s easy to get almost anywhere on foot and this event is worth a visit even if you don’t have time to stay for the full experience. Photography is encouraged and there is always someone interesting around to speak with if you just want to chat about the event itself.

All in all, this was a fun time and is the perfect way to while away an evening. Have any favorite hula hoop moves or pictures from Hoop Jam you’d like to share? Let us know!

Hoop Jam