Youth circus and more at Skagit County Fair

August 7, 2018

Carol Bruneau leads Snickers, a winter yearling, during the first day of dairy and beef cattle showing at the Skagit County Fair last summer.

MOUNT VERNON — They flip, twirl, teeter and tumble. And, for the first time, they’re one of the acts visitors can catch at the Skagit County Fair.

The Wenatchee Youth Circus is set to perform daily at the fair this year, which starts Wednesday and runs through Saturday. The circus will perform 16 shows.

Megan Gimnig, a trapeze performer with the circus, will perform alongside 40 other artists.

Gimnig got her start performing in her hometown of Atlanta when she was 10. Today, she has toured all over the Pacific Northwest with Wenatchee Youth Circus.

“It was incredible to be living on the circus lot, seeing practice all the time and to be around all those people who are doing circus,” she said. “It was a really good experience.”

Gimnig said working with the circus has expanded her repertoire. At the fair, she’ll perform the flying trapeze, double trapeze, teeter board and trampoline.

The circus is one of many attractions at this year’s fair. An X-Treme Air Dogs performance spot will feature high-flying dogs

A Tractor Alley display, eight new food vendors, musical performances and mini golf will also be available for fair attendees to enjoy.

Aric Gaither, fair operations manager, said he’s excited about the new attractions and giving the fair a fresh take for returning families.

“What I like the most is midway through the first day of the fair,” Gaither said. “Once the kinks are worked out the first morning, you can walk around and see people happy.”

Jean Swift, 4-H leader and fair coordinator, said she’s looking forward to getting kids at the fair interested in 4-H and expressing their creativity.

“They come in these buildings, they see the crafts and say ‘Well jeez, I can do that,’” Swift said.

Swift has participated in 4-H herself, and said it helped her get out of her comfort zone and express herself.

Tickets for this year’s Skagit County Fair are $5 on Wednesday and Thursday, then $10 for adults and $8 for youths on Friday and Saturday. Children under 5 are free.

A $30 two-for-one all-day carnival pass will be available Wednesday.

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