Hoopapalooza, Burlington Rotary Club’s signature fundraising event, is scheduled for this Saturday at City Hall Park. The 3rd annual event held in Burlington, Vermont, has been capitalizing on the popularity of hooping in the city to help the community at large. This weekend they’re raising $45,000 for the “Gateway to Burlington” project – an effort to beautify Edmunds School. Hoopers of all ages are invited to participate in the event and five-member teams will be hooping to music for three to four minutes and then they will be judged on talent, creativity, costumes, hoop decoration, difficulty and poise. Prizes will be awarded. Joe McGowan, Burlington Rotary Club’s service director, told the Burlington Free Press, “Some people dress up; some teams stand in a circle and hula hoop to the music; and other teams will have hula hoops around their arms and necks and will have a choreographed performance.” Burlington, for those who don’t know, is the home of the prestigious UVM Hoop Dancing Club at the University of Vermont which has spawned such hoopers as Mona Qa and Sam Resnicow. Wanna get in on it? You can register here. Larry Brett’s Jukebox will be providing entertainment along with the University of Vermont Hula Hoop Team.