The Kent Family has been in the circus business for many years, but at Tuesday night's Oroville City Council meeting they got to celebrate a special milestone, the proclamation of World Circus Day. On Friday, the touring family will be putting on a special performance to coincide with the event. The Kents have been preparing for the start of long journey that will take them as far east as Virginia for roughly 6 months of shows. The traveling act is truly a family affair. Over the years the Kent's home has been transformed into a practice space for the family.
"It really does translate into the whole house, the front yard, the backyard, our bedrooms. Everything is filled with props, filled with costumes," says Victor Kent.
A few new acts will be added to the show to up the excitement for spectators, but the Kent family is also getting the audience in on the fun. Before Friday's show people will get the chance to experience first-hand what it's like to be in the circus by testing out some of the props for themselves. Kent says they enjoy giving back to the community whenever they can, and he hopes they may even be able to inspire a few people while they're at it.
"A lot of times you don't get this. You get to go and see a circus, but you don't get to go out and touch the props. Some kids might actually find that they like it, and who knows, the next Cirque du Soleil star might be coming from Butte County," he says.
This week's show will be at the State Theater in Oroville Friday night. The doors open at 5 p.m. for people wanting to test out some of the various circus props, and the show starts at 7 p.m. Organizers are asking for a $5 donation at the door.