WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Hundreds of items like balls, pins and batons will be flying through the air as Purdue University hosts the International Jugglers Association’s 67th annual festival. Hundreds of jugglers from around the world will perform and hone their craft, and you can watch it all.
IJA festival chairwoman Erin Stephens appeared on News 18 This Morning with festival director Cody Fiereck. When asked why she began juggling, Stephens replied, “I learned when I was 11 years old, and instantly I fell in love with it. Ever since, I’ve been going to juggling festivals. They happen all over the world.” Stephens said. “I’ve been to several in Europe and Latin America. You get to go and juggle with hundreds of other people and learn new skills and have a great time. It’s an amazing community.”
Purdue will be hosting the jugglers for one week with shows for the public from Tuesday to Saturday. The festivities kick off Tuesday with the grand opening variety show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids under 10.
Then on Wednesday night, the youth jugglers showcase and championship begins at 7 p.m. with tickets also $20 for adults and $10 for kids under 10.
There will be an international team and individual juggling championship on Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for children under 10.
The week all leads up to the Cascade of Stars on Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $30 for adults and $15 for children under 10.
All four performances will be at Loeb Playhouse. Tickets will be available at the box office beginning one hour before each show.
There will also be a free public performance at Riehle Plaza in downtown Lafayette on Friday evening. The performance, called the Butterfly Man Busking Competition will begin with a jugglers’ parade across the pedestrian bridge. You’re invited to watch a dozen of the world’s top street performers entertain the crowds and vote for your favorite by tipping the performers, if you wish.
For more information on the IJA festival and all of its events, click here.
Click on the video to watch Alex Maragos try his hand at tandem juggling!