66th Annual IJA Juggling Festival

July 15-21, 2013 Bowling Green Ohio USA

Festival Summary

The 66th Annual International Jugglers’ Association Festival will be held in Bowling Green, Ohio. Join hundreds of other jugglers for a fun week of great shows and championships, scores of useful workshops, and juggling 24 hours a day on the campus of Bowling Green State University (BGSU).

Important FAQs for IJA Fest Goers — updated 7/7/2013

1. Numbers will be early in the week. When can I sign up for preliminaries?

Numbers Competitors: Because Numbers finals are on Wednesday at 1pm, you must attempt to qualify for Numbers on Monday or Tuesday. Sign up for preliminaries, either at the Numbers Table or in advance by sending email to
. Numbers qualifying attempts will be held during the following times:

Monday:  3:30pm – 5pm
Tuesday:  11am – noon,  2pm – 4:30pm,  9:30pm – 11pm 

2. Where do I go if I registered for camping or a dorm room and arrive late at night?

If you registered for a dorm room or for indoor camping you may pick up your room key at the IJA registration desk. If you arrive when the IJA registration desk is not open, go directly to Falcon Heights Residence Hall to get your room key from the attendant. If it is late and no one is at the Falcon Heights desk, call the phone number on the entrance door of Falcon Heights Residence Hall. The RA on duty will come to the door to give you a key and direct you to your room.

 3. I haven’t made a reservation. Can I still reserve a dorm room, camping room, meals or parking permit?

Yes, you can sign up for any of those when you reach the IJA registration table at the fest. If you’ll be getting to the fest after registration has closed for the day (4pm) and you want to add a dorm room or camping space, let us know immediately by email what you will need and when you’ll arrive, so we can let BGSU know to expect you. You can pay at the fest. Send your late-arrival room request details to: . If you’ve already reserved your room, you don’t need to notify us of late arrival – see item 2 above.

 4. Are pillows, linens & towels provided in the dorm or camping rooms?

For those with a dorm room, you will be in Falcon Heights Residence Hall. There will be bed sheets, a blanket, a pillow (with pillowcase) and towels provided by the university. Towels will be changed each day if left on the bathroom floor. Falcon Heights is fully air-conditioned.

For those doing indoor camping, you will be in Harshman Hall but you should pick up your key at the IJA registration desk or, if it’s closed, in Falcon Heights Residence (across campus from Harshman). Each indoor camping room will have a bed but no linens or towels. There is also no air-conditioning in Harshman Hall.

 5. If I am arriving late, how do I get my parking permit?

The university has said that they will be lenient about parking permits upon your arrival, and they are aware that those who arrive after the IJA registration desk closes will not have their parking permits until the next day.

 6. How do I get the campus meals I paid for with IJA registration?

For anyone who purchased campus meals through the IJA, BGSU will issue you a BGSU debit card for the meals. Its initial balance will be your prepayment amount minus an administrative fee of 5% (which you paid when you bought your meals through the IJA). The debit card can be used in the fixed-price all-you-can-eat The Oaks Dining Hall for the meals you bought and/or in other places on campus like Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and other campus eateries. These eating locations all also accept cash.

7. How can I purchase or pick up tickets to a show after the IJA registration desk closes?

Tickets will be available at the door at Kobacker Hall one hour prior to show time.

8. What times will the IJA Registration Desk be open?  Can I register on Monday?

The IJA Registration Desk will be open Monday, July 15, from noon until 4pm for pre-registration packet pickup. The only additional purchases that can be made on Monday are for BGSU items: dorm rooms, indoor camping spaces, meal cards and parking permits.

Registration desk hours are from 9am to 4pm for the remainder of the week, except the desk closes at 2pm on Saturday.

9. Is there a free, convenient, safe place to store my props in the gym?

Yes, you can use a free locker to store your props in the Perry Field House (where the juggling space is). Just be sure to bring a padlock. Then you won’t have to lug your props back and forth to your room.

Bowling Green, Ohio

Our host Ohio city is about 25 miles south of Toledo, 80 miles south of Detroit, and 120 miles west of Cleveland. BGSU is only five blocks from downtown Bowling Green: “Downtown Bowling Green is Main Street America, and the perfect setting for celebrations and special events all year round.”

Jonglissimo-4p-630The 2013 IJA fest at BGSU brings you:

• inexpensive dorm rooms at BGSU (or hotels just off campus)
• camping on the BGSU campus, to save even more money
• on-campus parking for only $1/day
• new lower Holiday pricing if you register by January 20

Special Guests

    • Jonglissimo (new four-person performance, at right)
    • Markus Furtner
    • Jeton the Gentleman Juggler
    • Svetlana Zueva
    • Steven Ragatz
    • Jay Gilligan
    • Rob Torres
    • Thomas Dietz
    • more to come…

The IJA will bring a number of Special Guests to our festival to perform on stage and to present regular and special workshops. More details….

Three Special Workshops at the Fest:

Technique Control Motivation — by Thomas Dietz

Act Creation Workshop — by Steven Ragatz

Juggling Tricks: Start to Finish — by Jay Gilligan

Each Special Workshop costs $100 (in addition to normal fest registration fees) and will meet on two or three days. Because the special workshops do not overlap, you can actually register for two or three of them if you’re really ready to dedicate some time for this training. More details….

   ThomasDietz-200 Steven Ragatz Jay Gilligan balancing purple clubs

Last Day to Pre-Register is June 20

Register now using our secure online Store. Our new lowest Holiday discount pricing is good only through January 20, so don’t wait too long to register. After the first deadline, Early Bird prices are good through April 20. Pre-registration and all discounts end on June 20. After that you can register on-site in Bowling Green.

We encourage you to register via our secure online Store to simplify things for both you and us, but you can also register via mail by downloading the printable registration form and sending it in to arrive by June 20 (mail earlier to get better discounted pre-registration rates).

The fest includes…

A Taste of Vaudeville • Teams, Individuals and Juniors Championships • XJuggling Competition • Numbers Championships • Free Day of Juggling on Monday • Planting the Juggling Seed • Joggling Championships • Big Juggling Space • Youth Showcase • Free Wi-Fi in the Gym and Dorms • Three Special Workshops • North American Kendama Open • Games of the IJA • Kids Corner • Open Stage (new) • Fire Juggle • Jugglers Parade to Downtown • Busker Competition Downtown • Discounts at Restaurants Downtown • Scores of Free Workshops for Festival Attendees • Juggling History Lounge • Three Nights of Club Renegade • Cascade of Stars Show

Those events should keep you juggling and/or oohing and aahing all week long.

Free Day of Juggling on Monday!

Get to Bowling Green by Monday for a free bonus day of juggling in the gym! The gym doors will open at 10am Monday morning, July 15th, and you can juggle all day and all night until registration opens at 9am Tuesday morning! And when the week ends, you can keep juggling all night Saturday night – we don’t have to be out of the building until Noon on Sunday, July 21st!

Juggling History Lounge

Exhibits in the Juggling History Lounge are being provided by Paul Bachman and David Cain. Don’t miss this museum quality exhibit of our juggling history!

Kids Corner

To give parents time to juggle and attend workshops, the Kids Corner will have puzzles, games, coloring books, building blocks, snacks and drinks to keep young pre-jugglers occupied. The Kids Corner will be open in a corner of the gym beginning one half hour prior to the opening of the day’s workshops and will remain open until one half hour after the close of workshops. While volunteers would be appreciated, this area will be manned with certified early childhood educators (with proper child clearances) from the Bowling Green area so that all of our jugglers can enjoy their juggling time!


The IJA’s annual festival is a mammoth undertaking for our small, all-volunteer organization, and making the week a success depends on dozens of volunteers to help out by donating their time and effort during the week.

If you can offer to help a little or a lot, from one hour to several, please volunteer. You’ll help make the festival fun for everyone, and your effort will be valued and recognized by your fellow jugglers.

Volunteers are needed for a wide range of positions including gym door checkers, IJA ambassadors, ticket assistants, IJA table staff, registration assistants, T-shirt and video sales, ushers at shows, stage crew, and election tellers.

Those with a car at the fest are needed as VIP airport chauffeurs and downtown errand runners.

If you can pitch in, even for just a couple of hours during the week, please see the Volunteers page or email IJA Festival Volunteer Coordinator Dina Scharnhorst at .

2013 IJA Festival Schedule of Events

(subject to change)

July 15
July 16
July 17
July 18
July 19
July 20
July 21
10am: Gym opens 9am-4pm: Registration 9am-4pm: Registration 9am-4pm: Registration 9am-4pm: Registration 9am-2pm: Registration
FREE JUGGLING 10am-12:30pm: Special Workshop: Steven Ragatz 10am-12:30pm: Special Workshop: Steven Ragatz

10am-Noon: Open Stage

10am-12:30pm: Special Workshop: Steven Ragatz 10am-Noon: Special Workshop: Thomas Dietz 8am-11am: Joggling at BGSU track

10am-Noon: Special Workshop: Thomas Dietz

Noon-4pm: Pre-registration packets available for pickup 11am-Noon: Numbers prelims (cont’d) Noon: Business Meeting 11am: Planting the Juggling Seed

12:30pm North American Kendama Open

11am-1:30pm Open Stage Noon: Gym closes
1-4pm: Special Workshop: Jay Gilligan 1-4pm: Special Workshop: Jay Gilligan 1-4pm: Special Workshop: Jay Gilligan 2-3:30pm IJA Games, part 1 2-3:30pm IJA Games, part 2
3:30-5pm: Numbers prelims (sign up in advance) 2-4:30pm: Numbers prelims (cont’d)

4-5:30pm: XJuggling

1-5pm: Numbers Championships 2:30-4:30pm: Open Stage 5pm Parade to downtown

6pm Busker Competition downtown

Big Toss-Up photo follows games
7:30pm: A Taste of Vaudeville 7pm: Youth Showcase
7:30pm: Teams & Individuals Championships 7:30pm: Cascade of Stars
9:30-11pm: Numbers prelims (last chance)

10pm: Fire Juggle

11pm: Club Renegade doors open, downtown 10pm Fire Juggle

11pm: Club Renegade doors open, downtown

10pm: Club Renegade downtown
2am-4am: Late Night Games 2am-4am: Late Night Games 2am-4am: Late Night Games 12am-4am: Late Night Games