THIS BLOG IS DEDICATED TO MY TWIN BROTHER, BILL DYKES (1943-1995). WE WERE NOT ONLY BROTHERS BUT PARTNERS IN BUSINESS AND BEST FRIENDS!AND TO ALL THE "BUTCHERS" THAT HAVE PASSED ON TO THE BIG LOT IN THE SKY!
Ziyara Circus is coming to town UTICA - It's time for the annual Ziyara Shrine Circus with its three rings of tigers, clowns, acrobats and more to thrill the kids and the kid in everyone. The Ziyara Shrine Circus, which marks its 61st year this year, is coming to the Utica Memorial Auditorium Oct. 5-7. The show will combine traditional circus features, such as popcorn, cotton candy, elephants, clowns and acrobats, with state-of-the-art lighting and a live band. The first Shrine Circus was held in Detroit in February 1906. By the 1920s, Shrine Circuses were being conducted throughout the country. The Ziyara Temple, with offices on Genesee Street in Utica, first sponsored a circus in 1922, and it has sponsored an annual circus every year since 1947. The shows originally were at the state Parkway Armory in East Utica, but were moved to the auditorium in 1982. The Shriners' philanthropic mission is to support the network of 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children located throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, 2:15 and 7p.m. Friday, 2:15 and 7p.m. Saturday and 11 and 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: adults, $12; children 12 and younger, $6. Reserved seating
The Jewelry Store-- An older, white haired man walked into a jewelry store one Friday evening with a beautiful young gal at his side. He told the jeweler he was looking for a special ring for his girlfriend. The jeweler looked through his stock and brought out a $5,000.00 ring. The old man said, 'No, I'd like to see something more special.' At that statement, the jeweler went to his special stock and brought another ring over. 'Here's a stunning ring at only $40,000.00 the jeweler said. The young lady's eyes sparkled and her whole body trembled with excitement. The old man seeing this said, 'We'll take it.' The jeweler asked how payment would be made and the old man stated, 'by check. I know you need to make sure my check is good, so I'll write it now and you can call the bank Monday to verify the funds and I'll pick the ring up Monday afternoon,' he said. Monday morning, the jeweler phoned the old man.'There's no money in that account.' 'I know,' said the old man, 'But let me tell you about my weekend! All Seniors Aren't Senile!!!
Big City was a butcher workinf for the Shallows in Houston (83 years old) this was about 1985.the other pic is an elephant ride at the Hemisfair in San Antonio in the '60's..thats my wife Raquel up front. Thanks Bob! Don't forget to check out Bob's Blog listed in the links.
In 1980 Bill and I were working a McCrory's 5 & 10 in Hattiesburg, MS. for Christmas
with the Mylar Balloons and Chinese Yo-Yo's.
One day we noticed an ad in the local newspaper that Circus USA was to appear in Petal,MS just down the road a few miles from the Mall on our day off. Back then the Mall was closed on Sundays.
Well We found it. It was a dismal day. The show was set-up on the fairgrounds. Only a handful of folks showed up for the show. The generator went down right in the middle of the show! But as you know the show must go on! Circus USA was a Gopher Davenport extravaganza.