Heads up! This weekend, June 14-16, Morgantown will be invaded by flying rings, devil sticks and spinning diabolos when the 3rd Annual West Virginia Juggling Festival takes place in WVU s Student Recreation Center.

A free public show will be held Saturday, June 15, at 7 p.m., in Eiesland Hall including acts by WVU Juggling Club members Josh Stevenson, Tressa Jones, Amanda Jerrett, Amy Barnes and Jamie Whoolery. Visiting performers include Stephen Caruso of Saylorsburg, Pa., and Kit Summers, from Trainer, Pa., who previously entertained audiences as a featured performer at Ballys Park Place Casino in Atlantic City. The show will be hosted by illusionist Josh Knotts, a Weirton native studying visual and performing arts at WVU . In addition, there will be various instructional workshops on Saturday, juggling games on Sunday and free juggling lessons all weekend.

“Learning to juggle is easyanyone can do it, even the klutziest people,”said Josh Stevenson, WVU Juggling Club member.”A juggling festival is the best place to learn.”Festival activities will include an Official International Sport Juggling Federation (ISJF) numbers competition, in which competitors will attempt to juggle more balls, rings and clubs than their opponents. In addition, two joggling races will be held at the WVU track on Sunday. Joggling is a combination of juggling and running that was once a part of Olympic competition. The event will feature both the 4X100 meter relay and the 4X200 meter relay.

The festival is open to the public; a one-time $4 guest fee will be charged for individuals attending the festival. The fee will allow access to all juggling areas as well as unlimited use of all other facility features for the entire festival.

The new WVU Student Recreation Center, which opened in the summer of 2001, features multiple gymnasiums and courts, an elevated track, weight and fitness equipment, two pools and an indoor climbing wall.

For more information, visit http://www.angelfire.com/wv/jugglingfest/ .

All events in the student recreation center unless otherwise noted.

Friday, June 14, 2002

  • 5 pm9 pmOpen Gym

Saturday, June 15, 2002

  • 9 am5:30 pmOpen Gym Workshops
  • 7 pm The Show, Eiesland Hall
  • SJF Numbers Preliminaries, Eiesland Hall

Sunday, June 16, 2002

  • 10 am2 pm Open Gym
  • 11 am12 pm ISJF Numbers Finals
  • 12 pm2 pm Jugglympics
  • 2 pm ISJF Joggling, WVU Track
  • 2pm6 pm Pizza, Passing and the Great Outdoors, Creative Ats Center lawn