To celebrate the release of Peggy Noodle, Hula Hoop Queen, I had a big celebration downtown in Apex, North Carolina at the beautiful Halle Cultural Arts Center. Many thanks to the Town of Apex, and Peak City Publishing, for co-sponsoring the HOOPLA! at the Halle. The Pickle Mama’s put on a spectacular demonstration, and added instruction for the crowd as needed … and guest judges Ira David Wood III and Carol Crane kept the competition heated. Children of all ages participated, and we had age groups: 1 – 5, 6 – 11, and 12 – adult. And wouldn’t you know it, the day’s Hula Hoop Queen was part of the youngest group! We signed autographs for an hour straight … What a wonderful day!

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Special thanks to our event photographers for the day: Matt Sickles, Pat Sickles, Kenn Kubacki, and Shiloh Burnam; our event co-planner: Rita Dozier; and poster mounter Make An Impression.

If you’ve got photos from the day, please send them our way:
dolly [ at ] dolly dozier [ dot ] com. Thanks!