Eric Pavony, 31, who founded the annual event in 2005, said the top spinners from miles around are expected to turn up Thursday at the Knitting Factory to compete for the crystal dreidel trophy, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.
Pavony said many competitors spin under holiday-themed aliases, including Spinny the Pooh, the Spincredible Hulk, Spindiana Jones and Oscar de la Menorah.
"First and foremost, it's just an epic holiday Hanukkah party," Pavony said. "Then, of course, there's the competition. It's fierce, and people get into it. There's fist-pumping, there's high-fiving, there's chest bumps. These spinners do sweat, and just like any other sport, nerves do play a role."