Winners of the coveted PHIL award this year were Neil and Heather, Austin Bruckner and David Ferman.
About 168 jugglers registered for the 33rd annual Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival February 4,5,and 6 2011. Friday started out a little light, probably because of the heavy rain and some sleet North of Atlanta which slowed many travelers. Highlights on the floor included a 5-foot walking globe and a short informal club-stealing workshop led by Florida's Amazing Kenny. Some high-school kids wandered through and got juggling lessons as well. By late Friday evening the floor was filling in with lots of people tossing, spinning, twirling, and riding.
Winners of the coveted PHIL award this year were Ashley Ellis, Andrew Ruiz and Ted Joblin..
Several jugglers from a bunch of states as well as France, Canada and South Africa came to juggle at the thirty-second Annual Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival held Feb. 5-7 at the Yaarab Shrine Temple on Ponce de Leon Avenue in downtown Atlanta. Our Master of Ceremonies Rodger French traveled the farthest to get to Atlanta, flying 8,424 miles for the privilege of chaperoning us at the public show. The weather was cool and wet for much of the festival, but things hopped inside the building as objects flew and old friends renewed acquaintance.
Winners of the coveted PHIL award this year were Tony Pezzo, David Ferman and Will Penman
Festival Report by Charles Shapiro:
Two hundred and fifteen jugglers and yo-yo players from 22 states and Canada came to juggle at the Thirty-First Annual Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival, held again this year at the Yaarab Shrine Temple on Ponce de Leon Avenue in downtown Atlanta. The farthest travelers were from Montreal, California, and Arizona. Cold temperatures gave way to beautiful sunny days during the festival, which spanned two and a half days of excitement, competition, and learning. Thirty-four yo-yo players also showed up for the Georgia State yo-yo competition, some from as far away as Texas and Michigan.
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