This year’s IJA Festival in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, provided a forum for jugglers to excel and enjoy what they do best. This year’s festival was organized by David Cain – juggling chronicler, performer, and competitor. The festival, which was primarily held at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Ft. Wayne, offered some of the best versions of activities the IJA has been known for. At any hour one could find the space busy with congenial jugglers trying out skills, practicing large passing patterns and coordinated goofiness. Prop makers circled the arena from Renegade of California to What’s Up of the Midwest and Three Finger Juggling, among others.
The Embassy Theatre, hosting such jugglers in the past as Francis and Lottie Brunn, and located just across the street from the juggling venue at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, served as an elegant setting for the shows and competitions.