Cascadia 2003: FAQ

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What do you do at a juggling festival?

We juggle. Juggling is fun; we can do it all day. In addition to juggling, there will almost certainly be some or all of the following.

  • Diabolo manipulation
  • Devil Stick manipulation
  • Contact Juggling
  • Frisbee manipulation
  • Twanging
  • Yo-yoing
  • other fun stuff.

You don't know how to do any of these? No problem! We have workshops, and we all like sharing what we do. The basics of juggling (or of any of these skills) can easily be picked up in a day.

Sounds like too much work? Heck, sitting around and watching people do this stuff is fun in itself.

I need some new juggling clubs; will I find any at the festival?

There will be vendors selling juggling props and lots of other fun stuff. In addition, you'll find most festival attendees are happy to let you try out their props and "talk shop" to help you figure out exactly what it is you want.

Why isn't there a show?

Imagine your favorite band. How much would you pay to see them play some stadium or giant concert hall? Now, what would you give to hang out with them when they were jamming in their basement the night before?

That's what a juggling festival is all about; it's a juggler's jam session. Some of the country's best jugglers will come to bounce ideas off each other (sometimes literally) and to attempt tricks too hard too crazy to ever do on stage. And you can be a part of the action, whether you're an expert juggler or an absolute beginner.

What about unicycling?

To protect the surface of the indoor soccer field at the Wide World Sports Center, we ask people not to unicycle on it. It isn't very good for unicycling anyway. But bring that uni anyway; if the weather's good, you might be able to use it outside in the parking lot.

Should I bring my kids with me?

Certainly. Unfortunately, we can't supply child-care service, so you'll have to stay with them if they're not old enough to be left alone, and care must to be taken to keep them away from flying objects.

Also note that all attendees need to sign a waiver, and that for attendees under 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign for them.