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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

CIRCUS KIRK 1976 #1

Circus Kirk was a church sponsored Circus that was the idea of Charles (Doc) Boas .
These shots were taken in Ford City, PA by Bill. We were playing a Fireman's Carnival in a town close by. The show used all young people that they trained to do acts and many of them went on to professional careers both in the circus and professions.
This particular year I beleive they did have a Baby Elephant. We didn't get to seee the show since we were working also.
David Orr could probably fill us in on a lot of this information since He was on the show.
Show above was the cookhouse.

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  1. CIRCUS KIRK: We presently have two people that were actually on CIRCUS KIRK....I just visited at times in the northeast..Mort Gamble, P R for Circus Fans Association and Frank Felt. Between these two they could almost tell the complete CIRCUS KIRK story...Frank did in a prior issue of BANDWAGON..check 2007 issues..Frank Felt will be the Oct. 18th Emmett Kelly Speaker - Plaza Hotel Hagerstown, MD check circusfans.org for more info. A large number of us will be present including Mort Gamble..Felix Adler & Barry Lubin TENT CFA are hosting the "After Glow Party." Everyone are welcome...The baby elephant you mention is LISA all grown up and presently on Kelly-Miller by the way of ROBERTS Bros. Owned by Carson & Barnes,,,Jim Judkins was also on KIRK...

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  2. OABA CAMEL PINS: Camel Pin campaign has been huge success...thanks to all at the BIG-E especially the hard working Carnival People for their huge contributions...Couldn't do it without you...CAMEL PINS on the road were also a huge success last Saturday at the GLEN ROCK INN - Glen Rock, NJ...I presently have what I have named CAMEL HERDERS all over the USA...Maxine House is one of the NORTHEAST CAMEL HERDERS...Look for CAMEL HERDERS this Saturday in Hagerstown....There aren't any expenses everything that is donated goes into the OABA ANIMAL FUND...PLEASE DONATE...The CAMEL PIN IS THE FIFTH OABA pin in this great series....

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  3. Dick,
    I was on Circus Kirk in 1973, 1974, and 1975. We were in the heyday of Circus Kirk in 1975 moving on 6 semis and some small units, the first circus to ever play Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket and presenting a real 10-1 side show with a full brass band. By 1976, I see from these pictures that at least one of the Fred Johnson pictoral banners has been replaced with an orange banner with lettering. Not sure what happened there. Mort and I have been friends for years and Ijust got to visit Walt Heist a couple weeks ago. What a great show we had then.
    Bob Cline

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