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Saturday, November 22, 2008

CIRCUS VARGAS

This show was known as the Tented Giant.
And it was back in the 70' & 80's.
It's Founder, Clifford Vargas was a real showman!
After He passed Roland Kaiser and his npartner kept the show out under
their management and continued to be successful
Then they retired and the show was off the road for a few years.
Now about two years ago The Tabares Family, who is in the video below this, started the show back up and seem to be doing a great job.
Click on the post title and go to their website!

FROM CIRCUS VARGAS: THE FLYING TABARES

video

This was at the Annual Monte Carlo International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo.

SANTA'S ENCHANTED FOREST

This is a Christmas Park that's open from the first of November until
January 6th in Miami. Below is a video from the park.
Our Manager, Judy Harloff, here at the Mobile Home Park just left this morning
to go there to visit her family whose working there with their concessions.
A lot of Circus and Carnival people work this spot.
It's been going for quite a few years!
The title of the post will take you to their website.

CHRISTMAS-MIAMI STYLE!

Friday, November 21, 2008

"ELEPHANTS WALTZ HOME" TAMPA TRIBUNE


Elephants Waltz To Winter Home

By RUSSELL RAY
rray@tampatrib.com
Published: November 21, 2008
TAMPA - Bug-eyed motorists along Orient Road pulled to the side Thursday morning to clear the way for Asia, a 10,000-pound, 8-foot-tall elephant, and nine of her gigantic friends.
Locked trunks to tails, the circus elephants marched north in a straight line from the Uceta railroad tracks, where they were unloaded, to the Florida State Fairgrounds, their winter home. The elephants just completed a two-year, 90-city tour for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Motorists didn't seem to mind the delay. Many snapped photos of the elephant walk, a 3-mile trek, with their cell phone cameras.
"I've watched them walk every year," said Mike Jenkins of Tampa. "They're beautiful animals."
Circus spokeswoman Melinda Hartline and other circus employees walked about 20 feet ahead of the elephant convoy, alerting trainers to potholes and kicking pebbles and bolts off the street.
"We'll stop along the way at some point to check all their feet," Hartline said.
Eleven horses also were unloaded and joined the 10 elephants for the journey to the fairgrounds.
Over the next few weeks, the animals will be rehearsing for the 139th edition of The Greatest Show on Earth. The "Zing Zang Zoom" tour debuts Jan. 7 at the St. Pete Times Forum.

PAMPERED ELEPHANTS--Dallas 2007

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Fox Video, August 2007

RINGLING ELEPHANTS ARRIVE IN TAMPA--November 20th

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Ringling Train arrives in Tampa and the elephants are walking to the fairgrounds.

WTVT,channel 13 Tampa Video

THE CAROUSEL AT POTTSTOWN


Antique carousel in Pottstown, Pa., will include likeness of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner BarbaroThe committee behind the restoration of a 1905 carousel in Pottstown, Pa., has announced the carousel’s menagerie of animals will include a likeness of beloved 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.
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THESE WERE THE DAYS!







FROM THE PAST:







FROM: MIKE BUTASH



When doing your Christmas cards this year, take one card and send it to this address. If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these wonderful special people who have sacrificed so much would get. When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please include the following: A Recovering American Soldier c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center 6900 Georgia Avenue,NW Washington,D.C. 20307-5001





Thursday, November 20, 2008

SERGE CORONAS CIRCUS HOLLYWOOD

Mrs Serge Coronas


SERGE CORONAS CIRCUS HOLLYWOOD

VIEWS OF CIRCUS HOLLYWOOD PERFORMANCE
from their website!















CIRCUS HOLLYWOOD

Truck #1
Giraffe Transport

Concessions
These pictures are from the Coronas Web site.
To go there click on the title of this post

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

SERGE CORONA'S CIRCUS HOLLYWOOD

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at the 2008 Florida State Fair

SAN DIEGO STREET FAIR (TLAXCALA, MEXICO) BOB COX

Dick heres some photos of the San Diego (Tlaxcala, Mexico) Street Fair. When a town has the name of a Patron Saint, they celebrate on that Saints Day... this was Sunday the 16th of November.

JUST WALKING DOWN THE STREET PEOPLE WOULD COME OUT AND INVITE ME IN TO EAT... THE TRADITIONAL DISH WHICH EVERYONE WAS COOKING THAT DAY WAS "MOLE"..PRONOUNCED MO-LAY, A CHOCOLATE CHILI SAUCE POURED OVER TURKEY, KNOW THAT SOUNDS WEIRD BUT ITS TASTIER THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE.I'LL TRY TO WRITE MORE OFTEN.....HAVE A NICE DAY..BOB COX

The photographs follow!

SAN DIEGO STREET FAIR (TLAXCALA, MEXICO)

Pizza Joint....Also traditional Fiesta Breads.

SAN DIEGO STREET FAIR (TLAXCALA, MEXICO)

Specialty Stand--Fuzzy Balls??
Pirate DVD Stand---Anything goes in Mexico. I got a copy of the latest Superman movie for
15 Pesos--That's a Buck Fifty


SAN DIEGO STREET FAIR (TLAXCALA, MEXICO)

Cotton Candy Stand--The Pan is a wash tub, the candy machine works with butane gas
I think this would be called a count store


SAN DIEGO STREET FAIR (TLAXCALA, MEXICO)

Roll the Marbles and count your points!
Traditional Candies


SAN DIEGO STREET FAIR (TLAXCALA, MEXICO)

The Main Church Of San Diego
Street Candy Vendor


Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Al G. Barnes Circus was an American circus run by Alpheus George Barnes Stonehouse.
Stonehouse started the show in 1895 with a pony, a phonograph, a stereopticon.[1] His circus was purchased by the American Circus Corporation in 1929 and was merged with the Sells-Floto Circus, John Robinson Shows, and Sparks Circus. That same year John Nicholas Ringling bought out the American Circus Corporation and folded all the performers into his Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. [2]
One of their more famous animals was Black Diamond, an Indian elephant whose unpredictable temper resulted in the deaths of four people.
from wikipedia

ROGER BOYD, JR.


Here's Roger Boyd, Jr. doing a sideshow opening on the Hoxie Show.

SHOW TITLES FROM THE PAST #1







SHOW TITLES FROM THE PAST #2







Sunday, November 16, 2008


The "miracle" of Christmas is repeated over and over again through the joy of caring and sharing.The traditional red kettle is an integral part of the Christmas scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless, in keeping with the spirit of the season.Donations provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need. Financial assistance also helps with basic necessities, along with seasonal aid. Families of prisoners often are included.Volunteers distribute gifts to shut-ins in hospitals and nursing homes, and shelters are open for sit-down dinners. The Salvation Army endeavors to bring spiritual light and love to those it serves at Christmas so that the real meaning of the season is not forgotten.Many families receive aid over a period of months after the Christmas season as well, people struggling with difficult family, emotional, or employment problems.

SUNDAY MORNING MIRTH



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