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Friday, October 9, 2009

THE OWL & PUSSY CAT FLOAT (FROM RON FINCH)

Dick: Nice set of pictures! The Owl and the Pussy Cat Spec Float in the center of this picture was in the yard of a home in Ithaca, NY about twenty years ago. Ron

BEN WILLIAMS

Our Deepest Sympathy to Ben's Family!
JERRY DIGNEY Solders & Digney (1974) Ben Williams first rode an elephant when he was 4 months old. “He knew their moves, and they knew his moves,” said his mother, Barbara Woodcock, 75. Williams later thrilled crowds as he rode Anna May — billed as the “world’s smartest performing elephant.”


Ben Harold Williams
Born:
Jan. 18, 1953.Died: Oct. 2, 2009.Survivors: Wife, Darlene; daughters, Stormy and Skye; mother, Barbara and stepfather William "Buckles" Woodcock; sister, Dalilah; brother, Shannon. Ben is also survived by his sisters Darlene Ava Williams, Renee Williams Senn, his other daughter Jennifer Williams Doby; three grandchildren; one great-grandson.
Memorial gathering: 4 p.m. Nov. 14; Showfolks Club of Sarasota, 5204 N Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota.

(from Tampa Bay Online)

THE ADVANCE MAN

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ASSORTED VIEWS OF THE STRATES SHOW TRAIN






















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Thursday, October 8, 2009

GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR OPENS TODAY!

The gates open at 3 p.m. today for the 20th Georgia National Fair in Perry.
Today is "Sneak Peek" day, when the fair opens for food, music, rides and competitions.
There's a ceremony at 4 p.m., featuring former Gov. Joe Frank Harris, who presided at the opening of the first fair in Perry in 1990.
At 7:30 p.m., there's a free concert featuring Jay & The Techniques and The Crystals.
Fairgrounds are open until 10 p.m. tonight. For the rest of the fair, through Oct. 18, hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission:
Gate Admission (free parking, all gates have handicap parking)
Daily Adult: $8; free same day reentry with hand stamp;
Children: 10 and under free with paying adult;
Group: $7 each, minimum 20 people;
Senior Citizen: $7 (60 years and older);
Senior Citizen's Group: $6 each, minimum 10 seniors. (60 years and older).


MILLS BROS CIRCUS 1964 #1 (FROM JIM ELLIOTT
















MILLS BROS CIRCUS 1964 #2 (FROM JIM ELLIOTT
















MILLS BROS CIRCUS 1964 #3 (FROM JIM ELLIOTT











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MILLS BROS CIRCUS 1964 #4 (FROM JIM ELLIOTT)











Wednesday, October 7, 2009

ROBESON COUNTY FAIR, LUMBERTON, NC


Nice Looking Old Time Sit Down Grab Joint!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

There's Never A Dull Moment around Dick's House!



Meet Tikki Dick's Housemate!

She's after the spot!

VIRGINIA STATE FAIR "HIT & MISS" AT NEW LOCATION

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BLOOMSBURG FAIR ATTENDANCE RECORDS 2009

DAILY ATTENDANCE
Saturday September 26:56,677 - Cloudy and Rain
Sunday September 27:41,426 - Rain and Cloudy
Monday September 28:40,088 - Rain and Cloudy
Tuesday September 29:35,468 - Cloudy and Drizzle
Wednesday September 30:37,756 - Rain-Cloudy-Some Sun
Thursday October 1:59,788 - Cloudy
Friday October 2:54,800 - Cloudy and Rain
Saturday October 3:Saturday October 3:75,287 -
SunnyWeek
Total: 401,290

THIS YEAR'S BIG E








BIG E BREAKS ATTENDANCE RECORDS!

Monday, October 5, 2009

COLE BROS CIRCUS, PENSACOLA. FL (PENSACOLA NEWS JOURNAL)

These photos appeared in the Pensacola News Journal on Friday Oct. 2, 2009
I'd say a pretty nice publicity shot for the Cole Show! Moxie Montana, played by Carolyn Rice, has her dog, Poochie, balance on just his hind legs on top of a hurdle for the audience during the show on Friday night at the Cole Bros. Circus at University Mall. The circus will run through Sunday at Pensacola University Mall.

Circus performer Kellan Bermudez tests his luck while balancing outside the Wheel of Destiny during the show Friday night at the Cole Bros. Circus. The circus will run through Sunday at Pensacola University Mall.

Mike Rice



Acrobats perform a four-man pyramid on the high wire during the show Friday night at the Cole Bros. Circus. The circus will run through Sunday at Pensacola University Mall.


Trainer Ramon Esqeda watches in amusement as 3-year-old Sophia Bailey holds on for dear life while her elder sister Kyiah, 6, makes the most of it while riding Viola, a 10,500-pound Asian elephant at the Cole Bros. Circus. The circus will run through Sunday at Pensacola University Mall.

Moxie Montana's acrobatic dog, Pickles, balances atop her pony, Patches, while performing in the ring on Friday night at the Cole Bros. Circus at University Mall. The circus will run through Sunday at Pensacola University Mall. Rowdy, the mule, steals the Doniker Kid's hat during their performance on Friday night at the Cole Bros. Circus. The circus will run through Sunday at Pensacola University Mall.

all photos by Katie King / kking@pnj.com


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