Howard Yune/ Napa Valley Register
Under the not-so-big tent of Circus Imagination, spectators on hay bales could see lions, a lion tamer, tigers and the Champagne Sisters acrobats. Only instead of literal animals and death-defying performers, the circus master, Caton Raintree-Hegwer, called for little volunteers from the hay-bale bleachers to do more than watch the show – but rather to become, with costumes and make-believe, Tina the Tightrope Walker, Sandow the Strong, Deadeye McBang.
“We’ll stick a brave dude – or lady – and blast ‘em away before your very own eyes!” Raintree-Hegwer, dressed in a red topcoat and black top hat, shouted in a super-caffeinated patter mixing carnival barker with boxing ring announcer – and sounding much like the boy that Raintree-Hegwer, 36, confesses to still be at heart, nearly 15 years after taking over the traveling attraction from his father.
“When I pick up the microphone,
I’m 10 years old again, playing make-believe with my friends,” said Raintree-Hegwer, who leads up to 300 performances a year in the Western states with his wife, Carolina. “It’s not a job so much as it is a lifestyle.”…
He and Carolina, who are based in Garden Valley in El Dorado County, bring their costumes, props and blue-and-yellow tent to fairs as distant as Hawaii, Washington state and Utah – and to the Napa fair for three performances on each of its five days.
“The amount of energy we put out to keep up with 30 sugar-hyped kids takes a lot of us, but when you you were a kid, you never thought about how much energy you were using,” he said before Sunday’s first performance. “You were in the moment. You just had fun.
“What gets me is seeing parents who say, ‘Oh my kids are too shy for this!’ And then they perform excellently, and we’ve opened away to a range of creativity for them.”
Circus Imagination’s opening show on Sunday reached its climax with the hazardous-sounding Ring of Fire. One by one, the play-acting lions and tigers took their jumps – through a Hula-Hoop strung with flame-red streamers – amid a final round of applause from their parents.
As the show wound down, the circus master asked one favor of the departing children — that they let their creativity and playfulness flow, rather than go dormant in front of a screen.
“Don’t just watch TV,” Raintree-Hegwer exhorted his young spectators-turned-performers. “Find some Halloween costumes and things, and find your own circus imagination!”…
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Napa,CA: Hello everybody! Circus Imagination is here at the 2012 Napa Town & Country Fair! The fair is located at 575 Third Street, Napa, California 94559 and it goes on until next Sunday. HOURS are
Wednesday through Sunday from NOON – 10PM. Click here for the SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
or here for the
CARNIVAL HOURS are
Wednesday through Saturday NOON- MIDNIGHT and Sunday NOON – 10PM.
Adults $ 13.00
Juniors (age 6-12) $ 10.00
Seniors (age 60+) $ 10.00
Kids (5 & under)FREE
Wednesday, August 8th
Seniors 60 and up just $ 8.00
Thursday, August 9th
Kids 12 and under admitted FREE
Parking $ 10.00
We had a wonderful time on our first day of the fair! Our show times for the duration of this event are:
3PM – 5:30PM & 7:30PM
So if you want to run away and join the circus come on over, Circus Imagination is located right by the main walk-in entrance underneath the yellow & blue Big Top!
Here are some pictures of our volunteers for today!
Napa, CA: Hello kids! Today is the last day of the 2011 Napa Town & Country Fair.
Circus Imagination had three shows today, first one at 3 PM was the biggest! CLICK HERE to watch a short video of little Tina the Tight Rope Walker and her awesome balancing skills!
Second circus of the day was at 5:30 PM and we had a bunch of ‘come-backers’ to volunteer and cheer our audience up!
Last circus show of the fair was at 7:30 PM and it featured Tina the Tight Rope Walker, Wild Animal Trainer with his troop of ferocious animals and the amazing Human Cannon Ball!
Circus Imagination is so happy to be part of the 2011 Napa Town & Country Fair. We would like to thank the community for all the support and also all the kids that volunteered and watched our show! Thank you for all your laughter and joy!
We hope to see you again next year!
Here we go again! Next fair: Antelope County Fair!
Napa, CA: Howdy Ho! Today was another beautiful day here at the 2011 Napa Town & Country Fair. Circus Imagination’s first show was at 3 PM and we had Tina the Tight Rope Walker, Wild Animal Trainer and his troop of ferocious animals, Champagne Sisters all the way from Paris, France, the amazing Cowboy and the Human CannonBall!
Second and third shows of the day were at 5:30 PM & 7:30 PM and they both had cute highlights. In one circus we had a 2 year-old monkey that went through the Holla-loop of fire holding hands with his ‘big’ 5 year-old sister – so adorable! In the other circus we had the final full-circle performance of an ‘all-time volunteer’. Let me explain, she has pretty much been every part possible in the show throughout this fair – as long as the costume fits – and on this last show she was Tina the Tight Rope Walker! (a part we usually save for younger girls, but there are no restrictions!) – She’s the girl with the butterfly face – our own exclusive circus face painting design!
Well that’s it for today! See you later alligator!
Napa, CA: Oh-hoy-hoy folks! Today Circus Imagination featured three shows at 3 PM, 5:30 PM & 7:30 PM at the 2011 Napa Town & Country Fair!
We had a total of 48 volunteers, from ages 2 and a half to 15 years-old. The circus had Tight Rope Walkers, Wild Animal Trainers, Clowns and Butterfly Ballerinas, amazingly talented Cowboys & Cowgirls, Human Cannon Balls and of course: Lions with attitude, funny leopards, disobedient elephants and crazy monkeys! Check out some of the highlights of the day below!
See you this weekend at the fair!
Napa, CA: Hello everyone! Circus Imagination is now at the Napa Town & Country Fair! Yesterday was opening day an everything seemed perfect, at least for us: The temperature was around the 70’s and the circus tent is located beside the FREE Clover Ice Cream Booth for the duration of the fair!
The first show of the day was at 3 PM and we had Tina the Tight Rope Walker, Marquina the Wild animal trainer and her troop of ferocious lions, elephants and leopards, Champagne Sisters from Paris, France and the talented 6 year-old Keyra from Napa, CA as Calamity Oakley the Cowgirl. Check out her picture below. Second and third shows followed at 5:30 PM and
7:30 PM, both with 4 acts each and about 10 volunteers per show.
Today is kids day at the 2011 Napa Town & Country Fair, that means we had more than enough volunteers all day to fill up all our acts and performances! And that makes us happy! First show was at 3 PM and brought the biggest crowd, check out the picture below of Tina the Tight Rope Walker and the big enthusiastic audience behind her.
Second show of Thursday was at 5:30 PM and it was a great circus with an awesome loud audience and about 20 volunteers in the show!
Third show of the day, at 7:30 PM featured Tina thoe Tight Rope Walker, Butterfly Ballerinas and Clarence the Clown, Calamity Oakley the Cowgirl, Champagne Sisters from Paris, France (Performed by two adorabable and funny local teenagers who totally cracked us up! See their picture below) and the amazing Human Cannon Ball!
Well that’s it for today! Come see us at the 2011 Napa Town & Country Fair located at 575 3rd Street, Napa, CA 94559-2701. For information about the fair call (707) 253- 49 00.
You can find Circus Imagination right by the fair entrance, underneath the giant yellow & blue Big Top everyday at 3 PM, 5:30 PM & 7:30 PM!