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!
I have recently been told of two items for the Ring of Fame Foundation to share with each of you.
December 13 at the Big Cat Habitat - Monies raised that day will be donated to the Ring of Fame in order to sponsor the inductees, both current and in the future. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for Kids, $2 hot dogs and $1 soda. Come out and support both the Habitat as well as the Ring of Fame. Show is at 1:30 and doors open at 12:30 p.m. on Palmer near Interstate 75 at Fruitville Exit. Need directions-ask!
January 16 at Sailor Circus Arena - Open Forum for Ring of Fame Inductees and the Media open to all at 10:00 a.m. Feel free to bring a camera. This may your one chance to meet the circus stars in an open session. Pete Adams
Fellow Fans, Once again, destructive legislation is proposed in Massachusetts, by Senator Hedlund.
A hearing is scheduled for November 16. I am planning to attend. Kari Johnson and MaryLou Kelly have alerted supporters, including us. She puts it well, and I'll condense her comments here: This bill repeats the ARs technique of the past several years. Unable to ban performing animals, they are once again trying to ban the tool and tethers - achieving the same goal.
As in the past, our goal is to point out that the experts all have appropriate guidelines and policies with regard to the use of the tool, tethers, as well as veterinary and husbandry procedures.
My message:HOLD - Be alert - stay in touch. We anticipate: There will be an appropriate time for letters, emails, phone calls.
You might begin to prepare YOURS! Have it ready for when we need it.
When last the fans stepped up to the challenge in MASS. I was told by one state rep that more than 600 communications had been received...the majority in favor of performing animals!
We do not yet have http://www.grassroots.circusfans.org/ up and running. It looks like it will be ready aprox. Thanksgiving. This latest development indicates more than ever, the need for this site.
SAVE THE CIRCUS! Gary C Payne, CFA's National Animal Welfare Chairman
Friends, Thanks to my wife's nimble fingers I am able to tell you first, thanks for your many, many greetings and good wishes. Second, that my condition prompted by back surgery and a disastrous hospital accident three weeks ago has and will continue to improve. I'm advised that I will have complete and full use of both my leg and left arm following extensive therapy. I have been forced to curtail much of my extra curricular activity, which includes writing for a number of circus periodicals and assisting the OABA in its fund raising for circus animals. I am, however, completely mobile.
While all that is disappointing, I am of course, happy to know that I will, within a few short months, return to my former nimble, svelte condition. It is our intention at this time to again return to Sarasota for the first three months of 2010 and enjoy the multiple circus events in the area, and to enjoy the company of our many friends there.
Please accept my heartfelt thanks for the many expressions of concern and friendship. For a guy with such a terrible personality, I am amazed by the number of friends that I have.
Paul Ingrassia was released from the hospital this weekend....Double click above for Paul's home address.. I spoke with Paul today and he was thankful and appreciative for all the cards and telephone calls he has received...Paul said,"he wasn't aware that he had so many friends." While he has a lot of rehab ahead he will be in Sarasota this winter. If you have time send Paul a card...
McBrides, Eds Foot Longs and Al French Fries have sold food for 191 years combined.
State Fair sets fourth attendance record
Raleigh, N.C. — The 2009 North Carolina State Fair set a fourth single-day attendance record when more than 90,000 people entered the gates Friday. Friday's total of 90,166 fair-goers broke the record of 88,822 set in 2004 for attendance on the second Friday. The State Fair has also set records for attendance for Tuesday and for the first and second Thursdays. This Thursday scored an attendance of 108,929 people. Overall, attendance for the first nine days of the Fair is up about 18 percent from last year. So far, nearly 695,000 people have come to the fair this year.