Friday, June 8, 2012

June 2012 Wooly Willy Wonderdaze And A Fun, Lookalike Challenge @PatchProducts

Wooly Willy Wonderdaze

If you will be in or near Smethport, PA on June 16th, you're invited to a party.  It is the date of this year's Wooly Willy Wonderdaze.

Willy was born in Smethport, and in his honor, the local Chamber of Commerce organizes this fun event each year.  The festival draws fans from all over who are excited to pay homage to one of America’s favorite classic toys.

This year’s event includes a car show, a Trout Fishing Derby, kayak rides, a parade and fireworks.  Here is the guest of honor, Wooly Willy, and his sweetheart, Hair-do Harriet.

Wooly Willy

Do you recognize this toy from your childhood? It is likely that you do. His name is Wooly Willy®, and he is kind of a celebrity among toys.  Created from magnetic dust off of a workroom floor, he had to work hard to earn his fame and fortune.  It is true that hard work pays off.  Once he made a name for himself, he became amazingly popular, and has been entertaining children since 1955.  

I had one - and I loved the way the magic wand moved the little metal shavings around to transform his look.  Isn't it wonderful when such a simple idea is responsible for so many years of fun?

Willy has been around for all of thse years, and his popularity continues to grow – you can even find seasonal versions for Halloween, Easter and Christmas, as well as Harriet, and outlaw cousin, and a pet dog.  With an Average Retail Price of $1.99, it's no wonder that these are a perennial favorite for stocking stuffers, goody bag items, travel toys or inexpensive gifts.

This year, there will be a special month long contest to coincide with the festival.

Wooly Willy contest

If you think you look like Wooly Willy® or Hairdo Harriet™  you might enjoy this!  Submit your best Wooly Willy or Hairdo Harriet impression along with a your comparison creation using the toy.  If you have the best one, you could win a personalized Wooly Willy toy with your own photo inside!

Here is an example:

Wooly Willy look alike

See?  It’s simple! Use Patch Products’ magnetic drawing activities Wooly Willy® or Hairdo Harriet™ to Create a “do” or “look” that is fun, crazy, outlandish or perfectly normal. Then recreate that same look on yourself. In essence you are trying to look like twins! You could also begin with an existing photo of yourself and then style Wooly Willy or Hairdo Harriet to match it   You can find the rules and details by clicking this link, but hurry- the contest deadline is June 30, 2012.

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Patch Products is a family-owned company, leading the toy industry in design, manufacturing and marketing of games, children’s puzzles, preschool toys, creative activities and teaching tools. Since 1985, Patch has developed high-quality, award-winning products that enrich lives by providing fun and interaction. Top-selling brands include Buzzword®, Farkle, What’s Yours Like?®, 5 Second Rule®, Take ‘N’ Play Anywhere™, 3D Sneaky Puzzles®, Bed Bugs™, Smethport™, Lauri®, Tall-Stacker™ and Wooly Willy®. As its presence grows, Patch continues to focus on innovation in building brands and creating new categories  

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