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York Jugglers -

We were looking at the publicity claims we could make for Chocfest 23 (20 January 2018) and wondered if we could claim it is the longest continous running annual UK one-day juggling convention

Looking at data on Juggling Edge:

Chocfest has been going every year since 1996

Cambridge started the year before, but there was a 13 year gap between the 5th Cambridge and Camvention

Leeds had a convention in 1992 but didn't have their next one till 1998 and missed out 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2009

Manchester has been going since 1999, but not in 2015 or 2016

Lestival has been going since 2008

Bath UpChuck has been going since 2009

Milton Keynes since 2010

For juggling conventions of more than one day:

BJC has been going since 1988

Crawley has been going since 1993 but missed 1998, 2012 and 2017

Bungay has been going since 1999

Play has been since 2005

Broxford has been going since 2014, but could be considered to be continuation of Bristol going from 1989 to 2013


Cedric Lackpot - - Parent

Bungay had quite a long hiatus a few years ago didn't it?

Likewise I don't think Play has been continuous.

But Broxford is - so I'm told - very much Bristol in Oxford, and Brizzle started before the advent of human history.

The Void - - Parent

"Bungay had quite a long hiatus a few years ago didn't it?"
No. Glad we cleared that up.

York Jugglers - - Parent

You are right there was no Play in 2015 and according to Juggling Edge not in 2008, 2009 or 2010.

As Void says Bungay has been every year since its start (even through the foot & mouth outbreak of 2001)

Orinoco - - Parent

I quite enjoyed that period where everyone was practicing antipodism & ping-pong ball juggling.

charlieh - - Parent

Actually Bungay ran for 5 years from 1999-2003 and then in 2004 we held our wedding on the farm, with the convention proper returning the year after and running every year since. The wedding was pretty juggly though and at least one person turned up thinking it was the usual convention. We invited them to join us anyway.

I wouldn't rely on Void, he's not been to all the Bungays....:)

The Void - - Parent

If you look at what I actually typed, not what York Jugglers assumed I wrote, you'll find that I was correct. :-P
Can I start a campaign that MBTM actually stands for "More Bungays Than Most"?

Oh, and "General Gordon"!

charlieh - - Parent

I shall have my revenge at some point I'm sure. This (next) year I think we should do Taskmaster.


York Jugglers - - Parent

Sorry for my assumption (and failure to count accurately the number of Bungays)

The Void -

Hmmm, did I imagine that I got a "So how was BoB for you" message last week? I didn't get one for #chocfest. Maybe I'm expecting it too soon. #chocfest17
Some pics here:

The Void - - Parent

Possibly related...? On my Manage Notices page, I have 3 entries, one of which has no title (so I don't know what it is). #bugreport

The Void - - Parent

So I got the Chocfest prompt. But the mystery Notice thingy has gone.

Orinoco - - Parent

That'll be me & my magic spanners. Owing to the crap way I set up my cron jobs the 'How was...' message in this instance would have been displayed for at best a few milliseconds (I'm surprised you missed it). Now back to the usual 1 week.

Also found & fixed a logical flaw which could create blank subscriptions.

In the CCCC is there an overall winner? If so who won?

The Void - - Parent

There can be, but this year the judges felt there was no stand-out candidate that deserved it, so there were 3 winners in
-Best baked
(I think). Lorri can correct me if I'm wrong.

^Tom_ - - Parent

The summary of the cake awards:
And the winners were:
*  Most Chocolatey - "Juggler" by Max Salthouse
*  Best Appearance - "Unicakle" by George Dando
*  Best Baked - "Harlequin" by Mark Sanghurst

Special mentions for appearance for the following:
 *  "It's a Bit Experimental" by Mike Parker
 *  "Occupy Chocfest" by Naomi, Camilla & Huw
 *  "2001: A Space Obesity" by Ian & Jamie
And the two special mentions with prizes were:
 *  "Owls Juggle When We're Not Looking" by Claire Stephens
 *  "Chocolate Cake" by Freya Haslam
Photos of cakes will be internetted later today, and I'll pop links here, rec, and facebook.

Lorri - - Parent

I said that without even moving my lips

Lorri - - Parent

"Owls Juggle When We're Not Looking" by Claire Stephens won a small prize for appearance
"Chocolate Cake" by Freya Haslam won a small prize for scoring high in every category

Orinoco - - Parent

Excellent use of the Trivia system

What's an owl's favourite passing pattern?

Twoo count.

I'll get my coat

Little Paul - - Parent


Kelhoon - - Parent

You guys are a hoot

Little Paul - - Parent

Owl always be a fan of puns

Kelhoon - - Parent

oh, that's a h(owl)er too

Orinoco - - Parent

I went on a bird of prey flying day once & all the birds are kept in a room with perches with little radiators underneath to keep them warm at night.

It was under claw heating.

True fact.

Little Paul - - Parent

Stop the puns!


Orinoco - - Parent

Yeah, time to raptor this up now.

Kelhoon - - Parent

uh oh the site owner has swooped in because some people are in a flap

Orinoco - - Parent

No need to be so condorscending!


Kelhoon - - Parent

any feather offending and I'll be plucked ?

^Tom_ -

Ladies and Gentlemen; Boys and Girls; Circus Performers, Hobbyists and Cake Eaters (and Others):

Lend me your ears!

Chocfest is this Saturday in York at Manor CE School, YO26 6PA


And of course featuring a day of juggling, a great show, and all the cake you could eat*.

Bring a chocolate cake if you want to enter CCCC (THE cake competition of the year) and you may receive some sort of discount off your entry ticket.

Those who wish to volunteer a Workshop very welcome to let us know on the day.

Also featuring the Kendama Northern Championships!

See the website for travel details (Cars can only approach from the ring road, not from the A59 [York side]).

See you all* there!

* Probably.


The Void - - Parent

Between 7 & 10 pounds.
Bring a chocolate cake ... and you may receive some sort of discount off your entry ticket.

Unsatisfactorily vague. Please decide. How much IS a ticket? IS there a cake discount, and if so, how much?
I genuinely want to know.

^Tom_ - - Parent

I'm under the impression that tickets for the whole day (day+show) will be 9 pounds. Although I can't say that with quite 100% confidence. Hopefully I'll be able to confirm later.

There will be a cake discount, but it's very much up to the discretion of those sitting on the desk at the time - impressions of the cake, presentation*, witty names, bribes, etc may all influence the "price" of the cake.That said, I would expect, (based mainly on previous years, and I can try and verify later,) that a 50p to 5 pound discount may be possible for a cake. Although the cake would have to be "out of this world" for the top end of that.

Those of you who enjoy baking cakes, I would encourage to bring a cake, although I may cite reasons such as "for the spirit of it", "for other people to enjoy", and "in return for eating a great many other cakes" ahead of "for the discount".
* Icing a brick so as to make it look like a cake is not acceptable. It should actually be a cake! i.e. cakey.

Orinoco - - Parent

Although the cake would have to be "out of this world" for the top end of that.

or between 7 & 10 pounds in weight.

The Void - - Parent

Thanks for the info!

^Tom_ - - Parent

9 pounds for the whole day. Show tickets also available - 99% sure it is 4 pounds.^_


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