Trini Whittaker looks to the crowd after he is announced as the third place winner in the professional division of the bell ringing competition on Thursday, July 7, 2016 in Union Square. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner).

Trini Whittaker looks to the crowd after he is announced as the third place winner in the professional division of the bell ringing competition on Thursday, July 7, 2016 in Union Square. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner).

SF celebrates 53rd Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest

Photos from the 53rd Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest in San Francisco’s Union Square Thursday, July 7, 2016 (Rachael Garner/S.F. Examiner)

Leonard Oats, a cable car operator of 16 years, raises his trophy after being named the 2016 Bell Ringing World Champion. The competition was hosted in Union Square in San Francisco, Calif. on Thursday, July 7, 2016. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner).

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Leonard Oats, a cable car operator of 16 years, raises his trophy after being named the 2016 Bell Ringing World Champion. The competition was hosted in Union Square in San Francisco, Calif. on Thursday, July 7, 2016. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner).

 

SF celebrates 53rd Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest

Joseph Su, who has been in the cable car division of SF Muni for 15 years, performs in the professional division of the bell ringing competition on Thursday, July 7, 2016 in Union Square. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner).

Joseph Su, who has been in the cable car division of SF Muni for 15 years, performs in the professional division of the bell ringing competition on Thursday, July 7, 2016 in Union Square. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner).

Competitors support Cassandra Griffin after her performance in the 53rd annual Bell Ringing Competition in San Francisco, Calif. on Thursday, July 7, 2016. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F Examiner)

Competitors support Cassandra Griffin after her performance in the 53rd annual Bell Ringing Competition in San Francisco, Calif. on Thursday, July 7, 2016. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F Examiner)

Freska Griarte performs "Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake with sixty youth of Mission Girls Services of San Francisco in the amateur round of the competition. She later won first place for her performance in Union Square, San Francisco, Calif. on Thursday, July 7. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner).

Freska Griarte performs "Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake with sixty youth of Mission Girls Services of San Francisco in the amateur round of the competition. She later won first place for her performance in Union Square, San Francisco, Calif. on Thursday, July 7. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner).

Cassandra Griffin, the first female finalist since the competition was inaugurated 53 years ago, rests before the festivities begin. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Cassandra Griffin, the first female finalist since the competition was inaugurated 53 years ago, rests before the festivities begin. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bryan Cobb, six-time world bell ringing champion, practices his ring before this year's bell ringing competition began in Union Square in San Francisco, Calif on Thursday, July 7, 2016. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner).

Bryan Cobb, six-time world bell ringing champion, practices his ring before this year's bell ringing competition began in Union Square in San Francisco, Calif on Thursday, July 7, 2016. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner).

A crowd gathers in Union Square to watch the 53rd annual bell ringing competition hosted in San Francisco, Calif on Thursday, July 7, 2016. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A crowd gathers in Union Square to watch the 53rd annual bell ringing competition hosted in San Francisco, Calif on Thursday, July 7, 2016. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The competition's judges included past bell ringing world champions as well as notable San Francisco political leaders and journalists. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F Examiner)

The competition's judges included past bell ringing world champions as well as notable San Francisco political leaders and journalists. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F Examiner)

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