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Spring in Springs skateboarding, music and art skate park event

By Josher Lumpkin

This weekend, Yellow Springs Skate Park will come to life, as skaters from all over the Miami Valley will convene there to bust gnarly tricks.  Spring in Springs, a fundraiser for the skate park, will be in full effect.  With seven bands and tons of vendors and artists displaying their wares, this event is free for those who are not competing in the skate contents or setting up a booth.

“It’s an event that AJ Warren, Nancy Epling, Derek Ramsey and I came up with to help with the second phase of the skate park,” says Kyle Webb, co-organizer of Spring into Springs.  “It’s all done with vendors and artists to jump in and have a booth fee for their art, and the money they pay for that goes to the construction of the new part of the skate park.”

Webb himself has a personal attachment to the Yellow Springs Skate Park, which recently underwent some improvements.

“It’s the first skate park that I ever skated in, and that was at least 15 years ago,” Webb says.  “AJ and the village [of Yellow Springs] have raised money, and they just recently put in a few concrete obstacles for skate boarding, which is amazing. It’s already brought out a pretty good crowd to see the park itself.”

Many of the musical acts that will be playing Spring in Springs are skateboarders themselves.

“He is a good guy,” Webb says of rapper BigHex, who will be performing.  Originally from the Dayton area, Hex now lives in Chicago.  “He’s one of the people AJ and I used to skate with back then. His music is really from-the-heart kind of music, and most of it is about skateboarding, so that’s why we chose to bring him in as a musician.”

But BigHex isn’t the only performer who likes to skate.

“The band Shades of Cool, two of the members of that band are going to be skateboarding in the skateboarding contest,” Webb says.

If you are a skater and are up for the challenge, there will be contests with some cool prizes.

“The best trick contest, for the advanced section, is the pot from the $10 entry fee,” Webb says.

There is also a game of S.K.A.T.E., which is like H.O.R.S.E. in basketball, but with skateboard tricks instead of baskets.

“The game of S.K.A.T.E. is actually going to be products donated from the sponsors … and we’ll have judges,” Webb says.

Spring in Springs wouldn’t be possible if not for the many sponsors attending.

“Deja Vu are sponsoring as a skate shop and a tattoo shop. They do both,” Webb explains.  “The owner’s getting into every part of the event, except for the music because he does a lot of art on skateboards, broken skateboards, so he’s bringing a lot of that with him.

“One Love skate shop: they’re always the shop around that helps,” he continues “Doesn’t matter what the event is, they’re down to help. They’ve done a lot for skateboarding. It wasn’t difficult getting them involved.

“We have Rokenrol Skateboards, which they’ve been around forever,” Webb says.  “It’s a really good board company. They’ve actually contacted us and wanted to be a part of it because they love Yellow Springs so much. I was really stoked to have them just be a part of this event.”

Another sponsor, Dayton Drones, will be filming the event, using “state of the art technology.”

Webb says the skateboard culture in Yellow Springs is special, and that the Skate Park is totally ingrained in it.

“I would say that Yellow Springs is kind of the starting point for a lot of skateboarders around this area,” he says. “That was one of the first original skate parks in this area that we all would go to and meet up and skateboard together at the end of the day.”

Unlike other small towns, where skateboarders are sometimes treated with such contempt as to be made to feel like criminals, the village of Yellow Springs embraces and nurtures the skateboard culture.

“They’ve always been really supportive of skateboarding,” Webb says. “I feel like the village itself is super laid back and always supportive of skateboarders, and anybody who’s creative.

“You know, when you go out and skate the in the streets, maybe you can get charged for destruction of public property,” Webb continues.  “Whereas in Yellow Springs, we have the skate park, and there’s not much to skate per se for street in Yellow Springs. What there is, everybody is really laid back and not trying to tackle you or anything like that.”

Spring in Springs will take place from noon-midnight Saturday, April 30, at Yellow Springs Skate Parkin Yellow Springs.  The event is free to attend, but there is a $10 entry fee for skateboarding contests. For more information, including a list of live music, please visit the Spring in Springs Facebook event page at facebook.com/events/168827263486662.

Josher Lumpkin is a nursing student and aspiring historian who enjoys writing about music and geekdom of all kinds. He is especially fond of punk rock, tabletop gaming, sci-fi/fantasy and camping with his wife, Jenner, and their dogs, Katie and Sophie. Reach him at JosherLumpkin@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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Josher Lumpkin
Josher Lumpkin is a nursing student and aspiring historian who enjoys writing about music and geekdom of all kinds. He is especially fond of punk rock, tabletop gaming, sci-fi/fantasy and camping with his wife, Jenner, and their dogs, Katie and Sophie. Reach him at JosherLumpkin@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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