Frustrated with trying to juggle your time? If so, use your time to learn how to juggle. The 4th Annual West Virginia Juggling Festival will take place June 6-8 at West Virginia University’s Student Recreation Center.

Events are available for jugglers at all levels. The festival is designed to challenge experienced jugglers and to instruct those who have never juggled before. Throughout the weekend, a beginner’s workshop is available in the Rec Center gym; participants begin using one ball and work up to juggling three balls.

“We’re very excited about this year’s festival, and we expect to attract many professional jugglers as well as those who are just interested in trying to learn,”said Melissa Hostutler, WVU Juggling Club member.”We especially encourage those who cannot juggle to come and try it out. Anyone can learn.”

For those already able to juggle three balls, a workshop is available that teaches how to execute various tricks using different throwing and catching positions. Several classic tricks will be demonstrated and techniques to help with designing new and unique tricks will be taught.

Other workshops focus on three-ball tricks, beginning club juggling and club passing, beginning and advanced diabolo, advanced ball passing, devil stick and contact juggling.

Spectators are also welcome to attend the events. The Wall-of-Windows lining the open gym provides a great view of the juggling exercises taking place at no cost. For a one-time $4 admission fee, individuals can enter the juggling space in the open gym and gain access to all juggling areas, as well as unlimited use of all other facility features for the duration of the festival

Three adjoining basketball courts in the fully air-conditioned complex have been set aside for open juggling, workshops and games.

The Show, a free evening of family fun, is set to take place in Eiesland Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. Saturday, June 7. The Show thrills audiences as jugglers demonstrate a variety of techniques and display their amazing coordination and agility.

On Sunday, The Jugglympics pits juggler against juggler as they test their skills in five competitive events including Simon Says,”Juggle!”, Juggling Limbo, Combat, the Relay and the Diabolo Speed Pass.

The WVU Juggling Club, which was founded in the spring of 1998 and currently boasts 15 active members, teaches juggling and performs at various community events throughout the Mountain State.

For more information and detailed workshop descriptions, visit call Jamie Whoolery, Juggling Club president, at 304-599-4626.

4th Annual West Virginia Juggling Festival Schedule (all events in the Student Recreation Center unless otherwise noted)

Friday, June 6

  • 5-9 p.m. Open Gym

Saturday, June 7

  • 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Open Gym
  • 10 a.m. Three-ball tricks
  • 11 a.m. Beginning three-club juggling Beginning club passing
  • 12 p.m. Beginning diabolo
  • 2 p.m. Advanced ball passing
  • 3 p.m. Advanced diabolo
  • 4 p.m. Contact juggling Devil stick
  • 7 p.m. The Show (Eiesland Hall)

Sunday, June 8

  • 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Open Gym
  • 12 p.m. The Jugglympics