Utopia & Literature

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If you are located anywhere close to the Riverside County, California, you cannot afford to miss this great 9-day-long event! The 2009 Southern California Fair opens today and it closes only on Sunday the 18th. The fair takes place in the Lake Perris Fairgrounds and admission is as low as $8 a person, half-price for kids under 12 – and that fee includes all day entertainment, even the arena shows! All military personnel get free everyday admission, today all boy and girl scouts do too, Tuesday is a $2 day (admission, food and carnival) and all seniors and children get in for free on Friday.

There’s just something for everyone there! From thrilling carnival rides, exhilarating motor sports, delectable food, fabulous exhibits, excellent entertainment, to incredible shopping and so much more!

Some of the spectacular arena shows include everyone’s favorites – Monster Trucks, Freestyle Moto X, Truck and Tractor Pulls, Speedway Motorcycles with Sidecars, Sprint Car Races, Quad Freestyle & Off Road Show, Demolition Derby and the El Toro Huaco Mexican Rodeo –the bull riding is the only show that requires aditional admission, and it happens on Sunday, the 11th. In addition to all that, there are two new special shows never seen before at the SoCal Fair: The incredible Jet Car Meltdown on Tuesday and the great RV Demolition Derby on Sunday. You have to see it to believe it!

Everyday you can also enjoy plenty of free entertainment all around the fair’s 108-acre area: Pig Races, the Wild West Turkey Stampede, Magic and Juggling, the Balloon Man, and so much more! Plus the new and fearless grounds act addition of the year: the Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean!

As well, the fair offers great free (with admission) musical performances by the Doo-Wah Riders in Concert, Opus Humanus, Shy Town, Avenue A, No Longer Together, Wave Invasion, Souljouners, Wayside Loop, Factory Tuned Band, DMC Express, 5th Dementia Band, The Velvet Stones, Miss Lolitas, Some Times Country James Isabel, FailSafe Forgiven, All In, U-Turn, Halocene, Crystal Portillo, Hellbound Cats, The Passports, all those happening only at the Budweiser Band Stage – and so much more will go on the other 4 music stages.

Besides all that there’s also a Funnel Cake Eating Contest, Eye Adventures – the optical illusion show, great exhibits and, of course, livestock!

So get ready and gather up some energy because this week is going to be a heavy load of excitement! Better than sitting at home and watching TV!



Circus Imagination is a family owned and operated business that has been travelling around the US west coast for over 25 years teaching kids how to have fun in an old-fashioned way: away from televisions and video-games! The main concept of this participatory show is to help kids use their imaginations and find their creativity. First the Ringmaster tells them a story of an old time circus, then they learn about their acts, dress up, and are now ready to perform under their own Big Top.

Starting with Tina the Tightrope Walker who climbs a make-believe ladder 100 feet in the air, followed by Sandow The Strongman, Clarence the Clown, Marco the Lion Tamer and his Ferocious Animals, Believe It Or Not, The Butterfly Ballet, Champagne Sisters, Dead Eye McBang, The Amazing Animal Parade and finishing up with Zazelle, The Human Cannonball, who is shot out of a cannon.

The show can take from four to forty kids, picked right out of the audience, so no rehearsal is necessary. They dress up in colorful costumes that drop right over their clothes and are invited to explore their sense of imagination, resourcefulness and creativity on the stage. The Ringmaster explains the acts to the audience as the children perform, and it’s all so simple and cute that it’s impossible for anyone to do it wrong!

The young are not the only ones captured by this show’s magic: the whole audience is moved by this captivating little circus, cheering for the kids and applauding with enthusiasm on every single act. “Now I know how to make my own circus in my own backyard,” said Mary, a 7 year old girl from Monterrey.

Good parents usually seem more than pleased with the idea of some face-to-face fun that regenerates the notion of educational and safe fun – away from screens and remote controls. Aiming to maximize the kids’ full creative potential by strengthening their confidences, the major triumph of Circus Imagination is still the fact that it does not end when the show is over. It inspires children to play outside and use their most valuable resource: their imaginations.

For all of those interested Circus Imagination can be seen all over at California fairs during the summer, check their schedule on the website!

Like Albert Einstein once alleged: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create.”