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Bob Klaus, WJMP Akron: "Estimated number of stripper poles sold in the U.S. last year for home or gym use: 59,000."
Six of the country's best pole dancers competed at Pole Superstar for $10 grand on October 1, by climbing, flipping over, wrapping around, and basically making love to a metal stick in front of a panel of judges. The audience chose the winner via text message during the Highline Ballroom show. Proceeds, for real, went to S.P.I.N. (Single Parents In Need).