Performers give an explosive performance during Circus Hollywood at the Delaware State Fair. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)
By Ashton Brown, Delaware State News
July 25, 2013
HARRINGTON — The heat finally subsided at the Delaware State Fair on Thursday. With temperatures only reaching the mid-70s, it was a break from the rest of the event when highs have been in the 90s.
Circus Hollywood, sponsored by Sussex County Federal Credit Union has performed at least twice daily at the fair. Thursday was cool enough for the crowds to enjoy themselves under the big-top. The show features acrobats, trained animals, stunts and clowns.
A large line had formed to enter the tent more than 30 minutes before the gates were opened for Thursday afternoon’s performance.
Before the show and between each act, the clown entertained the crowd and even convinced some members of the audience to go on stage and participate in various skits.
The circus officially began with a three person tango, with impossibly quick costume changes on stage.
One of the crowd’s favorites was a motorcycle stunt. Two men on motorcycles drove around a spherical metal cage in all directions, even upside down as a woman stood inside the cage, between the two drivers.
After several minutes of a flawless performance that kept the audience on the edge of their seats, both the drivers and woman exited the cage injury free to the crowd’s amazement.
Two acrobats performed more than 20 feet above the audience with no safety net. One acrobat used a hoop and the other used ropes. They demonstrated their strength and flexibility by performing moves, hanging by as little as one arm or foot.
Animal performers included three dogs and one horse. The dogs did tricks such as walking on their hind legs, climbing ladders and racing through an obstacle course with no prompting from a trainer.
The horse danced to the music and jumped to a performer’s commands. The animals seemed to be as well trained as their human counterparts.
Today and Saturday, the circus will have performances at 12:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.