If your family would like to run away and join the circus, you don’t have to travel far. Circus World at Red Deer’s annual CentreFest festival provides two days of free circus training from professional performers. Kids learn how to juggle, walk a tight rope, walk on stilts and ride a unicycle – important skills if they aspire to a career in the Cirque du Soleil and a fun way for any kid to spend a day.
“It’s like a mini Circus and it’s really fun,” says nine-year-old Gemini Scott, of Red Deer. “I was good at the stilts and the juggling, but spinning plates on sticks was really hard for me. My plate always fell off after a few seconds.”
CentreFest is the largest, most affordable and most accessible festival in Central Alberta bringing more than 25,000 people annually into Red Deer’s downtown core. The annual festival features the talents of international street performers, nonstop live musical performances, artisan booths, food vendors and fun family-friendly activities.
“We’re always working to improve the festival and Circus World was a new addition in 2014 that has proved to be a real hit with families,” says Janice Shimek, CentreFest Festival Director. “The best part about CentreFest is that it’s affordable. Anyone can come downtown and be entertained for free.”
Many hours of work go into staging the numerous festivals and events that take place in the Red Deer region annually. It takes dedicated volunteers, financial support of generous donors and enthusiastic community involvement to make a festival successful and this community has that in spades.
“Putting on an event like CentreFest takes many volunteer hours,” admits Shimek. “But seeing families out having fun together and the smiles on kids’ faces makes it worth the effort.”