Carson & Barnes brings nearly a hundred performers and animals to the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds on L Street in Antioch on Monday and Tuesday, May 2 and 3, featuring shows at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. both days.
The Kiwanis Club of the Delta-Antioch will use the event as a fundraiser to support many of its local community projects. Carson & Barnes Circus is always pleased to provide a portion of its income to civic organizations for local use. In 2010, the circus raised almost $500,000 for local hosts.
Carson & Barnes Circus travels with its city-block long tent to some 200 towns and cities each 10-month season. Emphasis this year is on a new concept in circus presentation, which blends more than eight decades of circus tradition and family ownership with exciting new acts and up-close audience viewing, setting a new standard in quality family entertainment. While other circuses have reduced their size and schedule, Carson & Barnes is the only organization capable of moving such a huge show to a new site nearly every day, seven days a week.
When Carson & Barnes sets up circus morning, it is circus history and magic, transforming the show grounds into Circus City USA. The general public is invited (free), and early birds on May 2 can watch as the first units of the caravan begin arriving about an hour after dawn. Over two dozen types of exotic and domestic animals, featuring a large traveling zoo, are unloaded, fed and watered and made available for viewing. Adding to the excitement is the final and most popular experience of all, as humans, elephants and technology work side by side to erect America’s most spectacular and largest circus Big Top.
The performers are artists from around the world, including the United States, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Russia and Italy. Acts consist of aerial trapeze, high wire, motorcycle acrobatic teams, jugglers and clowns, along with performing elephants, camels, dogs and horses.
Special for 2011 is the award-winning clown “King of Comedy” Alex, known for his hilarious high-bounding feats on the trampoline.
Other show highlights include:
• A Grand Spectacular Patriotic Parade “Salute to America,” featuring beautiful handmade costumes and animal blankets.
• Wire-walking Wizard Fabio Farfan.
• From the Ukraine, Datsenko’s Delightful Doggies’ canine capers.
• Mid-air Motorcycle Madness – a daring motorcycle ride by Nando and Nancy up the wire while an acrobat performs suspended below.
• Daredevils of the Double Wheels of Destiny – the Fernandez family’s astounding feats of balance and agility … blindfolded.
• Julie, Francesca and Vanessa’s dazzling display of championship hula hoop manipulation.
• Dallas’ Doggies – a variety of precocious puppies that will steal your heart away.
• Kevin Barnal Rios from Colombia – master of body manipulation.
• Incredible Young Men and Women on the Trapeze – the Flying Cavallini family, featuring the triple somersault.
• Death-defying high-wire performers from South America – the Herrera Troop.
• Millers’ Majestic Prancing Ponies – always a hit with children of all ages.
• The world’s best elephant act performing under a big top.
Advance general admission tickets will be available at East County Insurance and Solar Swim and Gym at special discount prices for adults at $10, plus the Supersaver ticket for two adults and three children (ages 2-11) for $25 before circus day. Pre-event tickets can also be purchased by calling Kay at 925-202-3519.
This will greatly benefit the Kiwanis Club Of The Delta-Antioch’s fundraising goals. You may also choose to go online and get tickets at full price at www.carsonbarnescircus.com. All tickets may be upgraded to preferred seating for an additional charge online or at the box office.