From animals to comedy and dancing, the Grape Festival features a variety of shows and exhibits to entertain both the young and the old. Here is what you can expect to see:
Skip Banks, also known as “the balloon man,” performs zany one-man comedy variety acts. His show includes a lot of props and a zany cast of characters he impersonates, including Rocky and Cheech and Chong. He includes audience participation in activities such as doing “the Twist.” His act concludes with enclosing himself inside a balloon.
Brad’s World Reptiles
Based in Corvallis, Ore., Brad’s World Reptiles feature a variety of animal exhibits. Some of them include snakes, lizards, frogs, alligators, parrots and tarantulas.
Swan Brothers Circus
For more than 35 years, Andy and Mike Swan, of the Swan Brothers, have entertained audiences with slapstick comedy, clowns and juggling. The duo, also known as Zippy and Hi-Tops, have performed a show that includes an array of circus feats they have mastered throughout the years along with comedy magic. The two call themselves the biggest two-man circus in the world, and perform shows at fairs and festivals all over California throughout the year.
Greg Frisbee brings in a bottomless trunk of props to perform a show that includes such acts as juggling with knives or escaping from a straightjacket while hanging upside down. The show also includes fire-eating, mind reading and extreme balancing, all with audience participation.
All about animals
A variety of rescued animals live at Windswept Ranch, located in Antelope Valley. Each year, the ranch brings its animals to be featured in a petting zoo at the Grape Festival. Animals featured at the zoo will be eight to 10 different types of sheep, goats, pigs, miniature horses and donkeys, alpacas and llamas, along with a couple of surprise animals.
For about seven years, 10 local women have entertained audiences with tap dancing. The City Tappers perform tap dances to music of the ’50s, including “Rockin’ Robin,” “Locomotion” and “The Twist.” They also perform to military numbers and songs such as “It’s a Grand Ole Flag.”