“Our focus has always been on packing this event with family-friendly entertainment for all ages,” said Ron Weber, general manager of the event. “There is something for everyone to see and enjoy including a huge carnival midway, delicious food, games, free live entertainment and shows including the High Flying Pages Circus, award-winning illusionist Lance Gifford, a Las Vegas hypnotist show, the Banana Derby, a full petting zoo, camel and pony rides and much more. It’s the perfect spring event.”
All new this year is the Banana Derby, a race where monkeys dressed in jockey outfits race trained dogs around a track. Fairgoers can meet the monkeys up close and personal after the races, which are held several times each day.
The flying trapeze act is another performance likely to please audiences. The High Flying Pages show consists of 30 minutes of flying trapeze, hula-hoops, a horse show and more. The Pages will be performing several death-defying shows each day at the fair.
The fair will feature Lance Gifford, family and company. When he was 16-years-old, he left home and began performing his magic tricks and illusions in a traveling circus. Over the years, the award-winning Gifford has toured throughout much of the U.S. and Canada, wowing audiences with his fast-paced and highly entertaining magical illusion show. He and his company perform some of the world’s most time-tested illusions including the “Metamorphosis,” once performed by Harry Houdini. Some members of his company include include doves, rabbits, a chow chow, toy and standard poodles, a Macaw parrot and Burmese python snakes.
The fair also features a large petting zoo where attendees can see llamas, a Texas Longhorn, birds and dozens of creatures normally only found in the best zoos in the U.S. This attraction is open during all fair hours.
No fair would be complete without a tempting selection of food. The Palisades Fair has all fair favorites like funnel cakes, zeppoles, Italian sausages, chicken on a stick, candy apples, popcorn and pizza.
Powers Great American Midways will be providing an array of amusement rides ranging from high-speed riders to rides for little ones. More than 40 rides, games and attractions will be onsite including the Skydiver and Himalaya.
Regular admission to the fair is as low as $3 per person with two-for-one admission discounts available online at www.palisadesfair.com. Pay-One-Price unlimited rides wristbands are also available online at a discount before Friday’s opening. Individual ride tickets can be purchased at the event. All shows are free with fair admission.
Fair gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday.