9/10/2013 4:06:00 PM Entertainment pulls the fun into the fair
The Kids Tractor Pull brought in plenty of young faces to compete at last year’s fair. They will be back this year. Photo by Briana Alzola.
Adams County Fair, running from Aug. 11 to 14 this year, will have plenty of entertainment for the young, old and young at heart. Jugglers, clowns and strength tests for young people will join a country singer, animals and more. For more information on all the performers, check out our Adams County Fair entertainment guide, inserted into this edition of The Othello Outlook. Bill Robison, with his zany antics and unique brand of physical comedy, will be hitting the fair for the first time this year. His show, A Touch of the Absurd, is sure to delight audience members of all ages. He has been performing for crowds of all types for more than 25 years, using his elastic face and endless energy to get people excited and ready to laugh. He has an extensive background in all types of physical comedy and theatrical performances, which lend themselves well to the type of show he puts on. He is able to mix different styles, like vaudeville and European-style clowning, easily. At the fair, he will perform both on the Jest in Time Stage and as a moving performer, walking around the fair. His stage shows will be at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day of the fair. His walking shows will be at 7 p.m. each day, except Wednesday, Sept. 11, when his show will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tractors aren't generally hard to find around a county fair. It's the littlest ones that will make a big impact in Adams County again this year. The Kids Tractor Pull have been coming to the Adams County Fair for about 10 years now, owner Alan Bruess said. The secret to their success is who's in the spotlight, Bruess said. "The kids are our stars," he said. "People don't come to see us, they come to see the kids." When you put the young people in the center of attention is the best way to make sure it's a fun event with plenty of fun for all. It's free for all participants. The tractor pull is open to all kids between ages 4 and 12. They begin with an empty bucket to 250 pounds, depending on age. Then, more weight is added until the child can no longer pedal. The tractor pull will be each day at 2:30, 5 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, the pull will be at 6 instead of 5 p.m. Many people talk of an inner child. For some, it's a little more visible. Connie Isaak, also known as Penelope the clown, brings the attitude and fun of a child to the stage with her. While she's been performing for about 24 years, Penelope is only 8 in clown years. Penelope specializes in juggling, magic, balloon animals and more. At the fair, Penelope will perform at 12:30 and 8:30 p.m. each day at the Jest in Time stage. She will also do a strolling performance every day at 4 p.m. Isaak started her career with performing in high school. She joined the drama program, pursued musical theater and worked for a singing telegram company when she was 16. She dresses like a young girl in her act and wants to make sure she is completely approachable to the kids in the audience. The thing she knew she wanted most was to ban any type of scariness from her outfit and act. She was traumatized by a clown as a young girl and didn't want that to ever happen to another kid because of her. So, she doesn't follow a lot of basic clowning rules, but she does make sure the children feel included. The show is not to make them sit and watch her. They get up, they do the magic, she just facilitates it. While the show is mainly for those between 0 and 12 years old, parents enjoy it just as much as the kids do, Isaak said. It's just a lot of fun.