Queen Creek’s circus-themed block party reflects out-of-the-box event

On Feb. 28, the town of Queen Creek celebrated the reopening of the newly expanded and landscaped South Ellsworth Road in the downtown area with a block party. Another block party is planned for March 5. (Courtesy of town of Queen Creek)

On Feb. 28, 2015, the town of Queen Creek celebrated the reopening of the newly expanded and landscaped South Ellsworth Road in the downtown area with a block party. Another block party is planned for March 5. (Courtesy of town of Queen Creek)

Queen Creek’s second community block party in the renovated Town Center will take place March 5. Its circus theme is an example of out-of-the-box thinking, event organizer Tiffany Shultz said.

“This is a celebration of queen creek and everything we’re bringing together in the Town Center, and we wanted to do something different, something out-of-the-box where everyone will find something that they like,” Ms. Shultz, whose company, Levitate Agency, is producing the event for the town of Queen Creek, said during a phone interview.

The party will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Ellsworth Road from Ocotillo Road to the south to just north of Victoria Lane.

Circus-related entertainment will be provided by professional and amateur performers from Circus Farm, Vertical Fix and the Circus School of Arizona, she said. There will be contortionists, fire-breathers, high swing aerialists and low-wire jugglers, Ms. Shultz said.

People will have an opportunity to try out some of these circus activities; the fee is included in the $15 fun zone wristband.

Or they may purchase individual tickets to try out their circus skills or participate in other activities.

Admission to the block party is free.

The block party also will feature live musical entertainment and a wide variety of food vendors, Ms. Shultz said.

Soloist winner of the 2014 Alice Cooper Proof is in the Pudding talent search Laura Walsh is part of the trio of musical professionals that also includes the Arizona Moonshine Band and Smith and Walden.

Hungry patrons may purchase circus-style foods as well as woodfire pizza, crepes and barbecue dishes from vendors being brought in for the block party as well as from the restaurants that line the Town Center.

The schedule of events for the community stage is: noon-1 p.m., Queen Creek Heat Cheer; 1-2 p.m., Smith and Walden; 2-2:30 p.m., Copper Basin Family YMCA dance group; 2:30-4 p.m., Laura Walsh; 4-4:30 p.m., to be announced; and 4:30-6 p.m. Arizona Moonshine Band.

•Juggling instruction and audience participation will take place at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

•Stilt walkers will perform at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

•Trapeze entertainment will take place 1-4:30 p.m. Instruction will be every half-hour starting at 1:30 p.m.

•Fire dancers and fire breathers will perform about an hour-long full show at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. while fire breathers will be strolling through the event site between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

•Contortionists will perform between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

•There will be a hula hoop instruction and audience participation at noon and 3 p.m.

For more information, visit the town’s website.

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