Los Banos, CA: Today our day started when we heard some loud flapping sounds, it took us a while to realize that what was actually making that loud noise were our tent walls! 40mph winds were blowing the whole fair into the air! The wind was so strong that one of the corner poles of the circus tent – staked down to the ground about 3 feet deep – got yanked out!
It’s kids day at the fair and that means a very busy day for Circus Imagination, we had four shows today! Our first show at 1 PM had by far the biggest audience: almost 200 children and, of course, many volunteers. Check out our crowd on the picture below.
It looks like a lot of work for only two people (ringmaster & costumier) to handle, huh? Even though we could have managed, thanks to our #1 Circus Imagination fan our jobs were made a little bit easier. Amanda Duni, 17 years old, from Los Banos High School joined the circus today but with a complete different goal than any time before: she was a stage manager! She assisted dressing up all our volunteers, doing an especially good job with the 8 adorable butterfly ballerinas. She also played a big part on helping the kids out when they came back from the stage after their performances. So thank you very much Amanda! Consider yourself awarded our #1 Good Intentions Circus Prize of the fair! Never stop believing in the power of your imagination, because even though we cannot avoid getting older we can still choose to maintain our hearts young forever! Here’s a memory for you to keep of this wonderfully windy day!
Our last three shows of the day went well. But since the wind gusts never did stop as the weather forecast predicted – they should change their name to “weather maybecast” – one of our circus acts gave the ringmaster a little extra trouble. We all can vouch for the fact that Dead Eye McBang is the fastest cowboy of the west but he was not fast enough to compete with this wind! All his cans kept on getting blown off the ledge before he could have a chance to shoot at them!
Let’s hope that the wind takes a day of rest tomorrow so we can spend less time chasing after our flying hats and more time circusing!