Saturday, November 26, 2011

Tater Tot

I am proud to introduce you to Tater Tater-tot, five-month old poodle. He is the newest member of the family and the show. I picked him up yesterday in Socal. I would reprot more but I am sleepy from the drive. More to follow..... by the way Belle is excited.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

AFA Convention Last Night

Well, the Banquet is over, the awards have been given, cheese cake eaten and dance done danced. We made some new friends like Vannesa Joy and Marvin (pictured here) singer an pianist who are fabulous. We also saw many old friends. We attended workshops, and meetings, took a nap in the afternoon and "partied" in the evening. And yes I did indeed danced with Mami.
I wore my 2012 costume to the Banquet as I did last year with my 2010 costume.....It fit better with the theme than the 2011 costume did...last year. We had some laughs and talked some business. Ironically I booked fairs in Indiana, Virginia, and Tennessee via email and calls while here and only talked about possibilities with the AZ fairs folks. I am happy that the fair manager from and her staff from the fair we did here in AZ last year was very happy with our services.
Enjoying a moment after the meal.

Steve Rosen has only been a balloon twister for a short time and he made a Monkey.....luckily this little fellow doesn't suffer from Monkey Butt ...but if he did we gave every attendee a sample of Anti Monkey Butt Powder so he would be fine.
We had lunch with Marvin and Vanessa (Joy) . It was a hoot. Marvin is a joke-aholic and quiet frankly might be insane. We all laughed so hard our stomach's hurt. The company made up for the really bad catfish I had at the cafe. It was like they pour a bottle of salt on it. Impossible to eat. But, like I said, the company was great.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Arizona Fairs Convention 2011

The theme of the convention is a Flashback to the 50s. Born in the mid 60s and raised in the 70s-80s we had to get advise from my folks and Happy Days. I already owned the wig and Mami made her poodle skirt from scratch. I nearly one in the men's costume contest...I was in the final three but lost out to a Babaloo character. Audience applause determined the outcome. A very well down over the top car hop won the women's portion. Oh, I should mention that the run off of the men's top three was a hula hoop contest......wich Amelia was here to act as my proxy for that....I would've won.
I took this picture because My Dodge and Mr Ford were both represented tonight at the tradeshow. I thought it was funny. Checy wasn't represented.

Our hotel in in the background...the 22nd floor. What a view...of the desert. We aren't gambling folks so we spend our spare time people watching and being with each other, strolling, and shopping.
Tuesday light was bowling night. In spite of my back I went for it after making sure I took my muscle relaxer and pain pill. About the third frame in they had to be supplemented very quickly by a shot of bourbon as I had a minor spasm...I couldn't tell you where the ball went on that frame. That's life with a tumor in your spinal cord. But we had a really good time and I won the two game set for our lane. Over all I was probably 15th. Mami was only a few pins behind me. We had a cute game where if either one of us got a strike or a spare we got a kiss from each other.

This is the fair board of the Cochise County fair.....their bowling gear. I am not sure how they finished the night but they definitely took best dressed.
The Koi outside the Colorado Belle. The minute a human looks down at them they all swim toward them Here they come.
I took this picture because many years ago we had the honor of working with the Kid and Nic show. A great great group. We have their CD and it is awesome. They will perform at the hotel we are at this weekend. But sadly we won't be here.
Sleep has been hard to come by since each day the convention has had early activities and late night activities. We left the presidents's cocktail party early since I could not keep my eyes open. I took a nap and Mami called home to give Miles here pie recipe (best pies in the word) for his foods class.
Our sponsor, Anti Monkey Butt Powder gave us some samples to put in the gift bags all participants get. I have been told by a few people it was the best thing in the bag. One person introduced me to her friends as the Anti-Monkey Butt guy....what a title.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Hemet Mall Pix and Honeymoon?

I promised pictures from the Hemet Mall show. Here are two. The three Beauties next to Saint Nick are the three local Miss Pageant queens who helped with the ticket drawings for the various prizes donated by the mall stores. The bog prize was a Kindle donated by Radio Shack.

Monday morning Mami and I go on a little honeymoon....well, in reality we are going to the Arizona Fair convention in Laughlin, NV. But we will be without the kids. Since we never had a honeymoon I think we will call this a "working" honeymoon. Five days without the kids and no dishes or house cleaning or yard work or "insert whatever you want here".

Hemet Mall Santa there and back again

We left from our northern Cal abode 6am yesterday to Hemet, CA...about a 10 hour drive taking the stupid 55mph for cars pulling trailers in Cali and LA traffic into account. I planned the timing well so we hit only the start of rush hour down there. Sadly we had fast food for dinner and the hotels offerings for Breakfast were a joke...they actually had Tang instead of real OJ. Oh Well! A happy McGriddle sandwich fixed my b-fast blues.
It rained last night and sprinkled all morning so we set our show up in a large vacant store. It was actually pretty cool. The Forever 21 Store left behind some nice decor so it had a nice feel to it. Once our back drops were up and our stage set the doors opened and the mall had so many people come in they soon had to add more chairs. Since it was a luncheon they also ran out of food. Who would've guessed. I have pictures and will add them tomorrow.
We had a great time. We have been doing this gig for several years and have built up a pretty big fan base there.
I am tired so I will make a long story short by saying after the show we packed up and did a bee-line home arriving just after midnight. I sleep now!
Oh, I arrived home to see my wife in a poodle skirt and dressed as if from the 50s....she made her costume for the AZ fair convention next week. We will have time away from the kids as we head to Laughlin, NV for a few days. The theme is "the 50's".

Friday, November 4, 2011

Shotgun Mami

It's a rule in our family that at the age of 12 all the kids get their first gun (they get actual ownership of the gun at 18 But they at least get to choose the gun, have it purchased and learn to shoot with it.) From birth they are taught gun safety! All of them are fair shots too.
Well today was Mami's turn. She got her very own 410 shotgun. And that means she had to go out and learn to shoot it. So today we went down to the clay pits and she took a shot at it. Literally! She found it exciting but she was holding it so tight that her bicep started to hurt. She was protecting from the kick by snuggling it in tight on her shoulder.
You may notice her gun is short. It's a child-size shotgun since her arms are so short. Still it packs a wallup. She shot bird shot, slugs, and a hybrid slug-disc/birdshot mix. Lord help anyone who sneaks in on her if you has that in the gun. The bad man will end up with very little of what gets hit.
I also had a chance to try out my new scope on my 308. I can pick a flea off a dog a half mile away without effort with this puppy.
The girls went with us and from the safety of the back of the van (doors open) they took pictures and cheered their mom on.
There were quite a few folks out their practicing today. We are blessed to have a free use shooting range in our town. Everyone there knows gun safety, or are learning it. And everyone down there are nice folks willing to give you tips or just chat with you.
My neighbor who is pushing 90 told me back in the day the high school kids would regularly take their 22 squirrel guns to school with them and hut river rats on the way home.
Well, since we have a few days off we plan on going back down to the pits as a family and get some practice in.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Piccadilly Circus and another Great Letter.

We went to the Piccadilly Circus at Chico's Silver Dollar Fairgrounds tonight and had a fantastic time. In spite of the limitations of the building they were in (the fair wouldn't allow certain rigging) and the fact that the State of California wouldn't allow their Monkey's or petting zoo across the border into our socialist state the show was awesome.
Titus loved the clowns. They had some really great clown routines.
The circus lacked a ringmaster, which I think would've made it even better, maybe because I am a ringmaster.
I got to meet the owner and had a good chat with him. Since it was pack-up time my time with them was limited. I have to say they are all a great bunch of people.

Earlier in the day I lunched with my good friend JC Dunn. I mad him my famous Brie stuffed hamburgers. They were pretty big and, in all modesty, they were off the hook! It is always so much fun spending time with dear JC.

I got another great letter of recommendation today:

To whom this may concern;

The Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show hired Victor Kent Family Circus for our fair last year 2011. We had them for the entire week of June 27th thru July 2nd.

It is without reservation that we recommend this family act for any fair. They were outstanding in performances and kept the crowds entertained. We received countless statements from those that watched AND participated in their nightly shows.

Their shows by far exceeded any single show that the Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show has hired for entertainment during our fair. We were highly pleased with the shows, their interaction between shows with the crowds and the Christian respectable family that this shows brings. Again, any fair that is looking for clean, fun, and exciting entertainment, The Kent Family Circus are the ones to bring in.

I would be happy to answer any questions, I can be reached at 502-330-0178.

Kip Halvorson
Anderson Post 34 Adjustant
Lawrenceburg Fair Board President

What a great letter from another fair manager

P O BOX 439


To whom to may concern:

The Kent Family Magic Circus was a new attraction to the Clark Co Fair this year. What a great decision. They were recommended to us by another county fair, and now I would like to recommend them for your fair.

Kent Family Circus is like 4-5 acts all in one. There’s juggling, trapeze, tight rope, fire eating, balancing, stunts, magic, and more. It really is a family and everyone has a talent and all perform well. They are pretty much self contained with own stage, lights you supply electricity and get ready to see a show! They do multiple performances each night and each one is unique and different. When the crowds gather, they stay until the show is over. Interaction with the crowd keeps the children as well as the adults entertained.

Word of mouth is the best advertisement, so I hope you will consider booking the Kent Family Magic Circus as your next act. You will not be disappointed!


Melissa Clark

Clark County Fair