Performers wowed audiences with hula hoops and other skills at Circus Alegria, pictured Aug. 20 at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos. Photo: Chris Mora
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The Las Vegas-based, family-owned traveling Circus Alegria entertained audiences in Hollister last week with classic big-top performances, animatronic dinosaurs and a 50-foot mechanical gorilla. 

The circus stopped at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos for five nights of performances. 

“It was really nice,” said Valentina Alegria, who graces the show’s stage each night with juggling, hula hoop and unicycle performances. “We had really positive feedback from the audience. You can tell the children enjoyed it.”

Circus Alegria has been owned and operated by the Alegria family since 1912. Valentina and her sister are sixth-generation performers. Their father is also a regular Circus Alegria performer, and their many family members also participate on show nights and in the many operations related to packing up, moving and setting up the show at each venue. 

A consistent feature of Circus Alegria is audience participation, facilitated by clowns and other performers who entice patrons to join them on stage for different bits. “People like being part of the show,” Valentina said. 

Circus Alegria’s next stop is in Los Banos, at 403 F St., from Aug. 24-28. 

Photo: Chris Mora
Photo: Chris Mora
Photo: Chris Mora
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Michael Moore is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor for the Morgan Hill Times, Hollister Free Lance and Gilroy Dispatch since 2008. During that time, he has covered crime, breaking news, local government, education, entertainment and more.

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