Category Archives: Merced Spring Fair

2011 dates : April 27th – May 1st

403 F Street
Los Banos, CA 93635-3612
(209) 826-5166

Circus Imagination returns to the Merced County Spring Fair

From the Los Banos Enterprise April 25, 2014 

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 — Inside a colorful circus tent is where imaginations run wild at the Merced County Spring Fair. Ringmaster Caton Hegwer and costume coordinator Carol Raintree-Hegwer handpick kids from the audience to take part in an interactive show designed to get children to use their imaginations.

The duo is a husband-and-wife team who took on the family business as their own. Now traveling throughout the West Coast, the couple perform at a number of fairs and festivals.

With them, they bring a 30-by-30-foot tent, costumes and props, and leave it up to the imaginers to do the rest. While Caton Hegwer emcees the show, his wife dresses the kids in costume, and guides them to perform a show straight out of a make-believe scene.

“It’s a fabulous show,” said Karen Searle, owner of Fair Executives, a company that manages fairs, and helps market for Circus Imagination. “It’s not just interactive for the kids and their parents, even the audience enjoys it.”

The show attracts 4-year-olds and up and lasts around 20 to 30 minutes.

The purpose of the show is to try and teach kids there are lots of things to do outdoors,” Searle said. “You can have a circus in your backyard using things you have at your home, just by using your imagination.”

Access to Circus Imagination is free with paid fair admission.

2013 Merced Spring Fair

Los Banos, CA: We loved coming back to the fair this year, it’s always a great time with friends for us here! We had the unexpected visit of an old circus fan, and the usual…. A bunch of WILD CHILDREN! Just how we like them! Here are some pictures of ours shows at the 2013 Merced Spring Fair. We will have the video of a couple shows (School Tours) later on on youtube, check back soon!

the cast
Wild Animals
Bobo the Clown

Champagne sister

Tina the TightRope Walker

School tours

Wild Animals

Thank you so much Los Banos! Thank you to all who have watched and participated in our show throughout the years! Send us your own pictures! Tag us on facebook! If you have an youtube page tag us in your videos we would love to see them all!
See you later aligator!

Adios Los Banos…

Los Banos, CA: So it all comes down to an end… We would like to say thanks to the Merced Spring Fair for having us back this year! We absolutely love coming back! We hope to see you all again next year!

We travel all summer with the circus and visit many fairs, but there’s nothing like coming back to a place where we are starting to get second, third generations of the same families coming to the fair to be part of our show! So our biggest thank you goes to the Los Banos community for knowing how to use their imaginations and have fun! Thank you all for watching and being part of our show, we couldn’t do it without you guys!

Below are some highlights of Circus Imagination at the 2012 Merced Spring Fair.

Some of our best moments at the fair!

Click on the camera below to watch a video of Circus Imagination at the 2012 Merced Spring Fair! It’s on our YouTube Channel =

This is just a sneak peek at some of our fun moments at this year’s fair!

Circus SweatShop…

Los Banos, CA: I had to post these pictures not only because they are cute but also because these kids really helped us out at the 2012 Merced Spring Fair! During most fairs that we have visited for a while there is always a group of kids that stick around our circus tent 24/7. They are always asking:”Can we help?” So I finally came up with a couple chores they can do.

2012 Merced Spring Fair

Picture number one: Whisker Straightening!

2012 Merced Spring Fair

Picture number two: Clown Trash Pick up!

Of course if they stick around after the show there’s always a bunch of work to do putting everything away… But they always seem to vanish at those moments… =]

Oh, and don’t worry everybody the kids here at the circus sweatshop don’t work for free, they work for face painting! hahaha

See you guys soon!

Let’s Clown Around!

Los Banos, CA: Hello everybody! Circus Imagination is here at the 2012 Merced Spring Fair! Today was the first day of the fair and we had two shows, one at 3 PM another at 5 PM. They were both great! We love being here!
On our first show a mom came over backstage and said something I have to share with you guys: “We have been coming to the fair to be part of Circus Imagination for the past five years. This show, right now, was a milestone to our family. Today was the first time our youngest son joined the circus and also the first time that our eldest son did not.” Oh well… we are sad we lost one performer, but very happy to have the next generation lined up to have tons of fun with us for the years to come!

Our volunteers today were so full of enthusiasm they really were the stars of the show! Below are the names of today’s “actors” part of the second show and present in the picture montage below!

  • Champagne Sisters: Katarina, 6 years old & Samantha, 8 years old, both from Merced,CA;
  • Wild Lions: Joshua, 9 years old & Julien, 8 years old, from Los Banos,CA;
  • Wild Animal Trainer: Natalia, 7 years old from Los Banos,CA;
  • Tina the Tight Rope Walker and CrazyMonkey: Giana, 5 years old, from Los Banos,CA;

Good job to everybody that was in the circus today! You guys were awesome! We’ll see you at the fair!


It’s Spring in Merced!

Los Banos, CA: Hello everybody! Circus Imagination is here at the Merced Spring Fair! The event starts next Wednesday, May 2nd and it ends on Sunday, May 6th.

The Merced Spring Fair is located at 403 F St. Los Banos, CA  93635. For more information about the fair click on the picture above or call the main office at (209) 826-5166.


Circus Imagination show times for this week are:

Wed – 3pm 5pm
Thu – 3:30pm & 5pm
Fri – 1pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm & 6pm
Sat – 12pm, 2pm, 4pm & 7pm
Sun- 12pm, 3pm & 4pm


See you soon with new pictures and videos!!

Farewell Los Banos

Los Banos, CA: Did you know that today is the anniversary of the world’s very first fair? Our first show of the day was at noon and we featured Tina the Tight Rope Walker, a very busy Lion Tamer managing a big troop of wild animals that included lions, tigers, bears, elephant princesses, crazy monkeys and even Trinity, the leopard in pink cowboy boots! (Check her out in the picture below) Besides all those animals Circus Imagination also welcomed Champagne Sisters, Calamity Oakley the Cowgirl and a very experienced Zazel the Human Cannon Ball that had joined our circus not one, not two, but three times before – once a year!

Our second show of the day started with a left foot when Tina the Tight Rope Walker suddenly forgot how to walk, but thanks to the quick queuing of the great Sandal the Strong the show went on with the powerful magic of kids imaginations! Too bad Sandal a.k.a. Dylan might have lost his job in the circus to Drake the Clown… As you can see in the picture below!

This same circus, at 3 PM, also featured Quincy the amazing Lion Tamer and his newest circus acquisition: Reagan the lion cub! Oh… All the little ones bring so much joy to us and to Circus Imagination!

Our last show of the day was at 4 PM and it was a circus extravaganza! There were clowns running around, loose lions strolling through the stage, so much excitement ringmaster almost lost the spotlight! Circus Imagination also welcomed back two of our dearest volunteers that have been a part of our show for as long as we’ve been in the Merced County Spring Fair! They are 8 year old Joshua, who was Zazel the amazing Human Cannon Ball and 15 year old Rachel, from Pacheco High School, who played Calamity Oakley – the super coordinated whip cracker who almost took a piece of the Ringmaster’s fingers as a souvenir! – Just kidding guys! Thank you for joining Circus Imagination again! Having families like you guys in our show is a big part of what makes our jobs worthwhile!

So it all comes down to an end. For now, at least. As we wrap up our first fair of the year for the Circus Imagination season we can say it was much better than expected! We had a great time with all the Los Banos kids that volunteered in our show, as well as with the ones that sat in the audience. Circus Imagination would like to give a big thanks for all the support we’ve been given by this community! You guys mean a lot to us and we hope to see you all next year!

Very Special Circus Guests

Los Banos, CA: Hello everybody! Today was another very sunny and busy day for Circus Imagination. We had 4 shows throughout the day. The first one happened at high noon and it gathered up an audience so big that some of them had to stand up outside the tent to watch the show because all the seats were already taken!

In our second show at 2 PM we had a very special animal guest appearance that doesn’t travel with the circus often but it’s definitely present at most of the fairs we are at. Let me give you a few hints:

  1. It’s part of fair livestock ;
  2. It’s a female animal;
  3. The mostly known breed for its species is white with black spots;
  4. It has hooves;
  5. It produces milk;

Did you guess it? If not check out the picture below! You can see her jumping through the hula loop of fire!

Our third show of the day at 4PM had a crowd just as big as today’s first circus. Again Circus Imagination featured another very special guest animal. And guys… by the animal trainer’s request we have to mention how much trouble it was to train this one. It’s by far the largest animal our circus has ever had. It even scared out some of our baby elephants that came backstage running when this very special guest showed up! And believe it or not our trainer was able to teach it to wear a tutu and a hat while performing the same tricks all our wild circus animals regularly do. Let’s play guess again:

  1. It’s natural habitat is the jungle;
  2. It likes to scratch its armpits;
  3. It’s big and usually black colored;
  4. Allegedly its favorite food are bananas!

Do you know what it is? Yes! It’s a gorilla! A gorilla in a tutu! Only at Circus Imagination! And for those of you who don’t believe in it here’s our proof!

Our last show of the day happened at 7 PM right as the sun was about to set. There weren’t nearly as many kids around as the precious circuses, but there was certainly enough children volunteering for us to make a big circus show!

Circus Imagination had another great day at the Merced County Spring Fair, in particular because the strong wind gusts that were blowing yesterday did take a day off! So no chasing after flying hats, props and costumes today!

We can’t believe tomorrow is already the last day of this fair! Time goes by so fast at the circus! Tomorrow (May 1st) our show times are 12 PM, 3 PM & 4 PM at the Merced County Spring Fair.

See you another time!

Almost Gone With The Wind…

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!

Los Banos Champagne Sisters

Hello Everybody!

Los Banos, California: Today was another wonderful sunny day at the 2011 Merced County Spring Fair! We had two Circus Imagination shows, one at 3:30 PM and one at 5 PM. The first one was a small show, but we still managed to make it grand! The only thing missing was a little bit more clapping and cheering from the audience, I guess we can forgive them because they had their hands full of corn dogs and cotton candy! =] Oh well our second show was again “warmed up” by Jeremy the Juggler performing his amazing 5 second giant origami folding on a unicycle!

Our second circus featured two very special guest: Miss Reyna and Miss Jackie, who performed our internationally acclaimed act Champagne Sisters! Don’t get fooled by their size, they are both 12 years old! And we were talking about how amazing that number is. They are on the verge of not being called kids anymore, but they are definitely still young at heart – and we at Circus Imagination love to see that!

Tomorrow is kids day at the fair and that means all kids 12 & under get in for free. This will be the last free fair entrance for Reyna and Jackie as kids, but we can assure you girls that you will always be welcome here at Circus Imagination no matter how old you are! Thank you for joining the circus! Below is a memory for you girls to keep…

See you tomorrow! Our show times on Friday the 28th of April are 1 PM, 2:30 PM, 4:30 Pm & 6 PM!