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An old school fundraiser

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Rocking the hips and doing the twist to raise money for education.

The Burlington Rotary Club hosted the 4th annual Hoopa-pa-looza Saturday at City Hall Park in Burlington. Teams compete in a talent contest by hula hooping for a 3 to 4 minute dance routine. Proceeds from the event go to the non-profit Puppets in Education, Burlington Rotary projects, and for building schools in Honduras. Contestants say it's a great event for everyone.

"Hula hooping is something you can get at and just do. Anybody can do it, you don't have to have a certain personality. You can just get at it and go and anyone can do it," says Clio Burns of The Hula Hooping Hamsters.

"It's about engaging the community in something trendy. Certainly hula hoops are coming back obviously they came out in the fifties and they're very popular throughout the decades. We wanted to bring something back for everyone to participate," says Joe Mcgowen, the Hoopapalooza organizer.

Organizers hoped to raise about $25,000 at Saturday's spin-off.

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