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Hanson family thrills at Traer Library

July 5, 2018
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

For the third time in four years, the Hanson Family brought their funny, high energy family act to Traer Public Library on Wednesday, June 27, featuring hiliarious juggling tricks, complex unicycle stunts and a whole lot of laughs.

"Five years ago was our first time performing at library shows and had been doing stage shows prior to that," Mark Hanson said. "It started from my need to have a job. My whole family knew how to juggle and unicycle, so we had fun with it in local parades and people starting inviting us to events. We started getting hired, and we had the skill to do what we love."

Children and adults alike were in awe as Hanson, his wife and children performed their cool tricks solo or a family, sometimes even involving members of the young audience to come up and be part of the show. Between being Guiness World Record breakers, national champion unicyclists and performing at major sporting events across the Midwest, the family strives to also bring a strong message across to their audience.

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"Our message to the kids is that things are hard," Hanson said. "Not everything comes easy, whether it's a skill, sports or math. If something is hard and you're not instantly good at it, that doesn't mean you can't get good at it. Work hard, practice a lot and never give up. Those are life skills everyone needs. We find this so valuable for the kids to be inspired to do something other than play games on the computers."

Hanson Shows take their shows all across libraries and schools across Iowa, incorporating their message, humor and eye popping stunts in every performance. Traer Library Director Rosanne Foster learned about the family several years ago and booked them for their summer reading programs.

"The Hanson family came highly reccomended by other libaries," Foster said. "I thought this would be really cool to have them come and this is their third time here. They are so professional and on such a great show. Half of the fun is how the kids respond to them. We have been very pleased with their performances."

"I love making the kids laugh and have a good time," Hanson said. "When they're having a good time, the adults are too. We try to make it entertaining for everyone as much as possible."



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