Category Archives: Merced Spring Fair

2011 dates : April 27th – May 1st

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

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!

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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!

First circus of the season

Los Banos, California: Today we had our first circus of the season at the 2011 Merced County Spring Fair! It was a 3PM show, the sun was shining high and thanks to the shaded seats we provide and the after crowd of Jeremy the Juggler – who performed under our tent right before our show started – most of our seats were taken!

The Circus featured Tina the Tight Rope Walker, Lion Tamer and his ferocious animals: a monkey, a pony and two lions! We also had 3 butterfly ballerinas being chased by not one, but two clowns! We were going to have a cowgirl but unfortunately she, let’s say… needed to practice her tricks a little longer before performing them on stage. And we did have our grand finale audience favorite act: Human Cannon Ball! Oh, for those of you who don’t know: YES WE DO SHOOT KIDS OUT OF THE CANNON!

Everything went perfect considering the fact this was our first circus of the 2011 season. Oh well maybe not that perfect: Ringmaster might be getting an undesired visit from the Throat Fairy to take his voice away… We shall see!

Our second, and last, show of the day was at 5PM and it was very surprising to see our audience magically appear a couple minutes before show time. The most amazing part was seeing that 90% of the kids in the audience actually joined the circus, instead of just watching it! The rate is usually 50/50. So we had a big circus, full of laughter, joy, silly clowns running around and even a gorilla! Check out the picture of all our volunteer circus performers down below.

Circus Imagination is performing at the Merced County Spring Fair from April 27th to May 1st. Our show times tomorrow (Thursday) are 3:30PM & 5PM. The fair is located at 403 F Street Los Banos, CA 93635-3612 and their phone number is (209) 826-5166.

Find us underneath the yellow and blue Big Top!

See you guys later!