Osceola County native brings juggling talent to town for Riverdays

BIG RAPIDS – From snagging deals at the All-City Yard Sale to breaking a sweat at the Big Bad Wolf Adventure Challenge, Riverdays provided plenty of activities for those who chose to stay in town rather than travel this holiday weekend.

On Sunday, area residents got a taste of the circus when Just Josh Juggling performed.

“The show went well,” said Josh Proefrock, the man behind Just Josh Juggling. “It was a small crowd, but it was an awesome time. If I can make one person’s day, it’s worth it.”

A graduate of Reed City High School, he now lives in Rockford and takes his show across Michigan when he isn’t busy raising his two children. In the past he has performed at the Sacred Heart Church in Evart and in LeRoy as a part of Razzasque Days. Proefrock has been juggling for 15 years and on Sunday, wowed audiences at Pocket Park with his skill. During the 20-minute show, Proefrock showed off his ability to juggle apples while taking a bite out of them mid-air, bowling pins, bowling balls, swords and torches. As the show progressed, Proefrock pulled out increasingly more dangerous materials, drawing gasps and rounds of applause from audience members. He said in all his 15 years of juggling, he has never gotten seriously burned or injured except for a cut above his eye once when he was juggling swords. The show attracted audience members of all ages, from those who planned on attending the show and those who were just walking by. “I liked the fire juggling best. This is the first time we’ve ever seen his show,” said Tara Morse, who attended the show with her son, Dylan, and daughter, Kyme Burhams. “We were just down at the park. We were walking by, saw the show and decided to check it out.” “I liked the part when he juggled the apples, the fire and the big round ball,” added Dylan. “It was awesome. Even the part with the bowling pins. Those looked really heavy.”