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Saturday, June 13, 2009

AN OFFICIAL BOOM A RING!


Here's the "Boom A Ring" souvineir from the
Ringling Show!
I'm sure wnatever the price it will be well worth it!
What a pitch you could have for this!

BOOM-A-RING BOULEVARD

21st Street in Coney Island Renamed "BOOM A RING BOULEVARD" On June 16 at 11 a.m. Through The End Of Summer!- Feld Entertainment, parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, (www.Ringling.com/ConeyIsland) announced today that 21st Street -- the boardwalk end of which is the location for the tent complex of The Coney Island BOOM A RING -- will be renamed "BOOM A RING Blvd." for the summer! The renaming ceremony will take place in celebratory circus fashion Tuesday, June 16, at 11 a.m. at the corner of 21st Street and Surf Avenue. With A Circus Ceremony At 11:00 a.m.! It feels like every day, some new piece of circus history or Coney Island history is being made We're honored to have 21st Street renamed for The Coney Island BOOM A RING, just as we're honored to be bringing The Greatest Show On Earth® to Brooklyn for the first time ever! We are thrilled that the Ringling Brother's Circus has come to Coney Island With the Circus in town, and Coney's iconic rides and amusements really fun and really open this summer, this is the beginning of what we hope is a long relationship with Ringling Brother's and a preview of what's to come. FROM http://www.prweb.com

BOOM-A-RING (CONEY ISLAND)

Friday, June 12, 2009

RINGLING BOOM A RING BIG TOP GOES UP ON CONEY ISLAND!







Circus history is made as The Coney Island BOOM A RING Big Top establishes itself on the Coney Island skyline!
Friday, June 5, 2009












LEWIS AND CLARK (JUNE 2, 2009)

BIG APPLE CIRCUS (YEAR UNKNOWN)











Sorry I don't know the Year or Location.
These few shots were in a collection sent to me by
an anonymous contributor.
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DELAWARE STATE FAIR NEWS---

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tuesday, June 9, 2009




CIRCUS KNIE

Since its foundation more than two hundred years ago it has remained in the hands of one and the same family the Knies whose youngest and oldest members alike take an active part

in circus life.

BILLY MARTIN'S BIG TOP CIRCUS #1

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SHOW!


Unfortunately the show didn't make it past this tour!
What a shame!



BILLY MARTIN'S BIG TOP CIRCUS #2







BILLY M,ARTIN'S BIG TOP CIRCUS #3







Monday, June 8, 2009

WILMINGTON DELAWARE CHURCH FEAST


A spin around Venice
$5 fee returns alongside favorite foods, games

By IRA PORTER • The News Journal • June 8, 2009 Sunday's opening day of the 35th annual St. Anthony's Italian Festival in the city's Little Italy neighborhood seemed to have a little something for everyone. And everyone seemed to come.
In a recession that is hurting many nonprofits, organizers of the festival took a calculated risk last year: They added gates and a $5 admission fee. Both are back this year.
The change -- as well as a heat wave -- may have thinned last year's crowds, but didn't thin the proceeds.
The festival, a fundraiser for St. Anthony of Padua's parish school, had a gross revenue last year just under $1 million with about $200,000 in profits, said Anthony Albence of the festival's steering committee. That was down slightly from previous years, but organizers blame that on the high temperatures the first half of the week.
Based on last year's results and healthy crowds on this year's opening day (figures for Sunday's attendance aren't yet available), the festival appears to be an example of Another artist who is sharing her work with festivalgoers is Jacqueline M. Connell of Wilmington -- her fifth year participating as a vendor. On Sunday she brought four new libation-inspired paintings with her, which included "Red Red Wine," "Dirty With a Twist" and "Champagne Celebration."
Watts Thomas was all smiles as his shots kept falling and the prizes kept coming.
"I get enough practice from basketball," he said.
frim the Wilmington News Journal

DOREY MILLER'S CHINESE IMPERIAL CIRCUS


OWNER AND PRODUCER DOREY MILLER.

I beleive this was opening day, I'm not sure of the year.

I do know that a lot of the equipment was purchased from Allan Hill.

There's more to come in later days!

















DOREY MILLER'S CHINESE IMPERIAL CIRCUS











DOREY MILLER'S CHINESE IMPERIAL CIRCUS











DOREY MILLER'S CHINESE IMPERIAL CIRCUS




2 Veteran showmen--Albert Vonderheid and Harry Rawles







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