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African acrobats stack ‘em up at the fair in Lynden

Watch Kenyan acrobats form human pyramids at the Lynden Fair

Zuzu African Acrobats thrill the crowd at the Festival Stage at the Northwest Washington Fair Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. The Kenyan acrobats, dance, flip and form human pyramids three times a day at the fair.
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Zuzu African Acrobats thrill the crowd at the Festival Stage at the Northwest Washington Fair Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. The Kenyan acrobats, dance, flip and form human pyramids three times a day at the fair.

What started out as a physical education class at school in Kenya has become a way of life for Hamsi Kitole.

He works with the Zuzu African Acrobats troupe performing this week at the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden. It’s one of the more high-energy sideshows at the fair.

The acrobats dance, do the limbo and balance on chairs – skills many learned as 12-year-olds in P.E., Kitole said – but their inventive pyramid formations are the showstoppers.

“The pyramid is the one that makes people go crazy when we do it,” he said.

They’re sharing their expertise, too – on Wednesday, they brought some of the Northwest SilverStars, a youth cheerleading group from Whatcom County, on stage to help form a pyramid.

“We like to do this for the kids so they learn,” Kitole said. “We like to show the world what we do.”

Philip A. Dwyer: 360-715-2839, @PhilipADwyer

2017 NORTHWEST WASHINGTON FAIR

When: Through Saturday, Aug. 19

Where: 1775 Front St., Lynden

Gate hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Vendor booths: open at 10 a.m.

Carnival: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; $3 and up per ride, $33 all-day ride pass

Exhibitor hours: 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Admission: Adults, $13; seniors, 62 and older, $11; youth, 6-12, $8; children 5 and younger, free

Details: 360-354-4111, nwwafair.com

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