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!
Happy The Hippo Hits The Road WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Zoo has completed the delicate task of transporting a "keenly sensitive" 5,000-pound hippopotamus from Washington to Milwaukee. Happy the hippo arrived at the Milwaukee County Zoo at 3 a.m. Tuesday after leaving Washington about 17 hours earlier on a flatbed truck. His home in Washington is being eliminated as the National Zoo makes room for an expanded elephant exhibit. The National Zoo says Happy was transported in a special steel-framed and lumber-lined crate built by zoo staff. He was trained ahead of time to enter the crate and remain there calmly. He wasn't sedated for the trip. In Milwaukee, the 28-year-old Happy, who was born at the National Zoo, will be paired with two female hippos, Patti and Puddles, for possible breeding.
I finally found something else about the Russell Bros Circus, 2009
This small family type show is getting a fine reputation on the West Coast.
Playing fairs as a free attraction.
RUSSELL BROTHERS FAMILY FUN CIRCUS It's kind of like an old cliche. Kid sees the circus and loves it. Kid runs away to join the circus. Kid grows up and becomes the ringmaster! But for Edward Russell, it's been the story of his life. "When I was a kid I always wanted to do this," said the 73 year old owner of Russell Brothers Circus. "One summer I went and did it, and I never went back. I ran a side show and introduced all the odd, unusual and bizarre acts." Viewers see a magician, a disappearing dove named Hugo Birdini, a man completes a handstand on several stacked and wobbly chairs, a trick called "Temple Benares" that involves a disappearing man and numerous swords, and a amusing clown named Bingo who can balance a circling saucer on a thin stick. Of course that isn't the entire show. Kids cheer on each new trick to come.
Although the Royal Hanneford Circus has appeared at the Georgia National Fair for a number of years, each year is different with new and exciting acts. The circus is free to any fairgoer. It features three performances daily and when the ringmaster calls the show, the big top is always full. Acts have ranged from high wire acts to clowns and from wild animal performances to acrobats. Like the ringmaster says, Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of All ages, get ready for the thrill of your life with the Royal Hanneford Circus! Daily 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m.plus extra show on Saturdays only at 2:00 p.m. All circus performances are free to Fairgoers.