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!
Correct me if I am wrong but I really believe C&B did away with the spool truck for 2009 as they went to a different type of tent, so I heard. If so then I know of no other spool trucks left anymore. It was really a neat thing wasn’t it!!By the way, I really enjoyed seeing you!! You still have the great sense of humor I remember.
She joined the circus when she was in the fifth grade By Steve Echeverria Jr. Published: Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 1:00 a.m. Last Modified: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 2:33 p.m.
Mackinzie Deets has been juggling knives, balancing teeterboards and riding unicycles with PAL Sailor Circus for the past seven years. Recently, the Sarasota High junior discovered another talent — making crowds laugh. “I can be doing a clown skit or just talking to the crowd and get a reaction from them,” said the 17-year-old. “What a feeling.” One of 130 teenagers and other youngsters carrying on a rich tradition as part of the circus’ 60th Anniversary Extravaganza show, Deets spoke with the Herald-Tribune about joining the circus, becoming a better juggler and bonding with Chinese acrobats. How did you get involved with Sailor Circus? When I was in the fifth grade, I was anchoring (my school’s news program) and we were doing a show on Sarasota Sailor Circus. It wasn’t PAL at the time. When I went home, I asked my mom what it was. I couldn’t believe when she said that it was a “real” circus, but all kids. She took me over to the tent and I remember walking in and just thinking, ‘wow!’ There were all these kids — juggling, on the trapeze, riding unicycles. It was just crazy. By the end of that week, I was signed up and haven’t left since. What are you favorite circus memories? I think actually figuring out that I can make people laugh. Another cool thing I have experienced that stands out was when we did a show with a group of Chinese acrobats. We spent all this time with them. They didn’t speak English and we didn’t speak Chinese, but we all still formed a bond and figured out ways to communicate. Why is Sailor Circus’ 60th anniversary important? It’s a lot of history. When you go in our little museum and you see all the pictures from all these years, it’s very cool. I am part of the history in our town. Years from now there will be another group that looks back at our pictures. I can say I was part of that. Also, I don’t think that people understand what a “family” we all really are. It doesn’t matter what school you go to, or what friends you have at school, or where you live — we all are at the circus together
Dick, Since I share your passion for truck shows and their equipment, I wanted to pass along a few shots of my circus model display. I built this display to re-create the excitement what a circus looks like when setting up early in the morning, 1980’s style. This is done in ¼ inch to the foot scale. Hopefully your readers will enjoy these few shots. By the way, I have titled my show, BARDON BROS CIRCUS, a name created from my wife’s name and mine, Barb and Don. The photos kind of tie in with the recent truck show shots you have posted. Man those are some great shots you posted. Keep up the great blog, its fabulous. Don Kowell PS. My wife and I enjoyed our visit on Monday.