Friday, June 12, 2009

47th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest * Union Square * San Francisco

The 47th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest was held in Union Square last Thursday and I was lucky enough to be a judge again.

The competition was very stiff. All of the contestants are actual cable car gripmen and they take the contest very seriously.

However, before the professionals compete, there is an amateur contest. There were three amateur contestants: KOIT Radio, ABC 7 View on the Bay, and KBLX Radio. Each one plays for a charity. KOIT Radio won again.

Here I am awarding KOIT Radio with there 1st Place Trophy
Check out the video of a champion in action.
The winner above - Leonard Oats and the esteemed group of judges
Throughout the event, we were entertained by the Slot Blades which is a band made up of Cable Car Operators and Conductors. They can operate a Cable Car and a play great music!
(A slot blade is the small piece of wood that is lowered onto the tracks to act as a brake on the Cable Cars)

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