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Circus Imagination returns to the Merced County Spring Fair

From the Los Banos Enterprise 

mgaytan@losbanosenterprise.com 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.

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On the Road Again…

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Somerset, CA: So another season starts! Hooray! This winter our little circus got so many amazing upgrades! Curious? I’m sure you guys will love them all!

First of all we have a new backdrop! (The big hand painted canvas that hangs between the ladders) We have been using the beautiful artwork of Criss Raintree (Caton’s Mom) for many years, and we have been thinking about “retiring” it for a while, but the amount of work and patience it takes to hand paint a canvas that big kept us from it. Until now! 

We also have spent all winter creating adorably cute cartoon-like circus characters! They are featured on the new backdrop, will soon be in our website and also in the buttons/badges we have as souvenirs of the show.

We have a new circus act! Yay Yeah! It’s called: “The Flying Circus.” Let me tell you a little bit about it. Taking in consideration how much kids play video games in their little electronic devices, we decided to take one of those famous video games and turn it into a real life game! So we took the whole concept of Angry Birds and transformed it into a human slingshot game! You are going to have to wait and see! 

Now we are on our way to our first fair: Pinal County Fair in AZ! It starts next week and I promise to post many new pictures then!

May this 2014 season be even more fun than the last!

See you at the fair!

 

Show times at 2013 Redwood Empire Fair

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Ukiah, CA: Hello everybody! We are almost at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds.
HERE ARE OUR SHOW TIMES FOR THIS WEEK:
THU – 3:30pm 6:30pm 8:30pm
FRI – 3:30pm 6pm 8:30pm
SAT – 2pm 6pm 8pm
SUN – 2pm 6pm 8pm

Here is the 2013 Redwood Empire Fair schedule: download

See ya soon!

On our way to Redwood

Somerset,CA: Hello everybody! The
Circus is getting ready to go to the Redwood Empire Fair next week! It’s located in the cute little town of Ukiah, CA.
1055 N State St Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 462-3884
The fair start next Thursday and ends on the following Sunday.
Come on over and have some fair fun with us in the beautiful mountain side!
For more information go to:
http://www.redwoodempirefair.com/
Look fot the big blue and yellow circus tent near the pond!
See you later alligator!

Ladies & Jellybeans!

Watsonville, CA: Hello everybody! Circus Imagination is lucky to be back at the 2012 Santa Cruz County Fair! We love this fair and the great feedback we get from the public! This week the children really made us laugh and sometimes even put a new spontaneous spin in our show! I heard the funniest things such as:

Ringmaster starts the show saying: – “Ladies and jellybeans welcome to the circus…”

In the meantime, on the blue tarp where the kids wait to perform Tina the TightRope Walker starts giggling loudly together with an elephant. Their dialogue goes:

Tina: -“Ladies and jellybeans? Does that mean boys are the jellybeans and girls are ladies?”

Elephant: -“I’m a jellybean!”

Tina: -“Then I’m gonna eat you!”

She starts playfully pretending to bite the elephant. The other boys, a lion and the cowboy, sitting around them start to scream: “I’m a red jellybean,” “I’m a peanut butter one!”

Oh well by then the Ringmaster was staring at us waiting for Tina the Tight Rope Walker to come on stage. She is the first act in the circus, but the conversation was so cute and funny we all got caught up on it. Even myself, the one who’s supposed to put some order in the circus! Or at least send the kids in on order! Me and the kids got an evil look from the ringmaster, and the show went on!

Here are some pictures from this week’s fair and our wonderful volunteers! There’s nothing like a child’s honest smile to melt our hearts!

 

I found this cute CLOWN POEM online that I would like to share with you guys:

Mr. Brown, the circus clown
puts his clothes on upside down.
He wears his hat upon his toes
and socks and shoes upon his nose.

He ties his ties around his thighs
and wraps his belt around his eyes.
He hangs his earrings from his hips
and stockings from his fingertips.

He puts his glasses on his feet
and shirt and coat around his seat.
And when he’s dressed, at last he stands
and walks around upon his hands.

–Kenn Nesbitt

 

Hopefully we’ll see you next year again!

2012 Gold Country Fair

Auburn,CA: Circus Imagination had a wonderful time at the 2012 Gold Country Fair! We had so many funny moments at the circus it is always awesome to come back to a place where kids still love to imagine and play outside! We would like to thank the fair for having us back and also all the talented volunteers that participated in our show!

Here are some of the cute moments we captured this week here at the circus:

2012 Gold Country Fair

Monterey County Fair Video

Monterey,CA: Here’s a video of the entire show on Sunday, September 2nd at the 2012 Monterey County Fair! Click here to see it in our youtube channel!