Guilford Fair Circus

Featuring The Flying Wallendas

Circus showtimes:

Friday: 5:00pm, 7:00pm
Saturday:  1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm, 4:00pm

All times subject to change. Please check website for updated info.

The Flying Wallendas

The Flying Wallendas have been walking across tightropes since 1922, and are known for their impressive feats of 4 person, 3 level pyramids and 7 person pyramids. The Flying Wallendas is a family act which has incorporated seven generations of family members throughout the years since the start of their circus debut.

How it all go started; Karl Wallenda was born in Magdeburg, Germany, in 1905. He was performing in the family show at age six and doing stunts in beer halls at age eleven. His feature was stacking several chairs and doing a handstand on the top chair. In the early 1920s, he answered an ad in a trade paper for “an experienced hand balancer with courage.” The job consisted of following behind a wire-walker, Louis Weitzmann, out to the middle of the wire and doing a handstand on Weitzmann’s feet as he lay down on the cable. Karl learned the art from him and in 1922, began to develop his own act, recruiting his brother Herman, an aerialist named Josef Geiger, and a teenage girl, Helen Kreis, who would eventually become Karl’s wife.

The Great Wallendas were headliners with Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus during much of the 1930s and 1940s.  

Now the faces representing the Wallendas are grandchildren, Tino and Delilah, Tino’s wife Olinka and their daughters Alida and AureliaAlessandroSacha Pavlata (a fifth generation performer of an esteemed circus family), Robinson Cortes (a third generation circus performer and native of Columbia)Trevor McNabb, Rietta (6th Generation Wallenda), Lyric (7th Generation Wallenda, Rietta’s daughter).

The Flying Wallendas

The Arestov Family

The family’s fair performances feature a range of acrobatic tricks, including balancing acts from Simon Arestov, who has been training since he was a child to be able to pull off handstands and hoola-hoop tricks — all while balanced on shaky stacks of metal plates and cylinders.

Simon began his circus career in Moscow, Russia, and has been performing for more than 30 years. His wife, Lyric Wallenda, is a trapeze performer. Their newest addition is young son Alex — who marks the eighth generation of performing Wallendas.

The Arestov Family

Kristin the Komet

“The Human Cannonball”

Kristin Finley – Kristin the Komet, is the first and only African American woman, cannonball act ever in history! Before performing as the Human Cannonball, Kristin has been an international, flying trapeze artist and aerialist.

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Kristin the Komet