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The Strong National Museum of Play and Rochester Fringe will try to break the world record for the biggest juggling lesson


The Strong National Museum of Play and the Rochester Fringe Festival have invited the public to join them Saturday, September 24 at noon for a unique experience. Juggling instructors Ted Baumhauer and Jeff Peden will attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the longest juggling lesson. This free event, part of the annual Rochester Fringe Festival Children’s Day, will take place on the top floor of the museum’s parking lot.

Tickets for this show are FREE, but must be reserved for world record figures.

“Rochester has been a juggling hub since at least the 1970s. Jeff and I would like to add to that story with this attempt to break the Guinness World Record,” Baumhauer said. “We also want more people to know about this wonderful activity that engages mind, spirit and body. Setting this juggling record as part of the Rochester Fringe Festival and at Rochester’s home to play is a perfect way to do it!”

Baumhauer and Peden, who perform with family entertainment company Red Tie Variety, have been juggling and performing for decades. To set the record, Baumhauer and Peden will have to simultaneously teach more than 350 people how to juggle using a set of three commemorative juggling balls that attendees can keep as mementos of the event.

“The game is an important part of the Fringe, and Rochester has examples of world-class play at the Strong Museum. We are thrilled to partner with the museum on this world record attempt for the largest juggling lesson on our day. annual children’s event at the Fringe,” says festival producer Erica Fee.

Tickets for this show are FREE, but must be reserved for world record figures. To book, go to rocksterfringe.com or call (585) 957-9837 (additional phone charges apply), or visit the Fringe Box Office at One Fringe Place at the corner of Main and Gibbs streets, which opens this Sunday, September 11.

About The Strong:

The Strong is the only collection-based museum in the world devoted solely to the history and exploration of gaming. It is home to the International Center for Electronic Game History, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play. and houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical documents related to the game.


The 12-day Rochester Fringe Festival has become New York State’s largest multidisciplinary performing arts festival and one of the top three Fringe festivals in the United States. More than 500,000 people have attended nearly 4,000 shows and events at the Fringe since its inception in 2012. The non-profit organization’s mission is to provide a platform for artists to share their creativity and develop their skills, while providing unparalleled public access to the arts. It strives to be diverse and inclusive and to stimulate downtown Rochester both culturally and economically. It showcases the work of regional, national and International artists from emerging to superstar.


In 1947, eight theater groups showed up – uninvited – to perform at the new Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland. Although not listed in the official program, the groups perform anyway, in places that they find themselves. The following year, a Scottish journalist coined the term “fringe festival” to describe these unorganized shows which began to appear annually. The Edinburgh Fringe is now the biggest arts festival in the world and the third biggest event after the Olympics and the World Cup. Today, there are more than 250 Fringe festivals around the world, including nearly 50 in the United States. The Rochester Fringe Festival was the first in upstate New York.