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!

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

REITHOFFER SHOWS, WATERTOWN NY FAIR 2009

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1930'S HOME MOVIE CLIP (FROM FLICKR)

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CIRCUS SARASOTA 2010 SHOWTIME CALENDAR

2010 Sarasota Showtime Calendar
February 12, 7pm February 13, 2pm & 7pm
February 14, 1pm & 5pm
February 15, 1pm & 5pm
February 17, 2pm & 7pm
February 18, 7pm
February 19, 7pm
February 20, 2pm & 7pm
February 21, 1pm & 5pm
February 23, 7pm
February 24, 2pm & 7pm
February 25, 7pm
February 26, 7pm
February 27, 2pm & 7pm
February 28, 1pm & 5pm





Tuesday, December 1, 2009

HOLIDAY CIRCUS AD

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FROM DAVID P. ORR--


From: DpowhitetigerTo: DpowhitetigerSent: 11/29/2009 10:18:29 P.M. Eastern Standard TimeSubj: Animal AR Clearing Site
http://www.circusfans.org/news_detail.php?news_id=2419

New CFA Animal Issues Web Link Scheduled for Roll-Out the week of December 1st....Hats off to Gary Payne, CFA Eastern VP and Animal Welfare Committee Chairman and Mort Gamble, CFA National PR for their efforts in the initial Kick-Off. Payne and Gamble point out "It is a truly historic partnership-uniting the circus industry, our Fans, and animal trainers and handlers. Just a few minutes a day on the site will help out members keep current conveniently and consistently with a critical issue that will very likely define the future of the circus itself." Please take time to read the attached CFA NEWS RELEASE...

Sunday, November 29, 2009

ROYAL HANNEFORD ELEPHANT ACT (MILLER ELEPHANTS PRESENTED BY ARMANDO LOYAL))

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AT THE ST PETE TIMES ARENA, TAMPA (THE ICE PALACE)

TAMPA Ringling's new show for 2010
TICKET INFORMATION
On sale: November 20 at 10am
Ticket Prices: $15, $20, $25, $35, $55 (VIP), $85 (Circus Celebrity)
Ages 0-23 months admitted free on ticket holder's lap (no ticket required). If child has celebrated their 2nd birthday, they MUST have a ticket to enter.
Event Dates/Times:Wednesday, January 06, 2010 7:30 PM
Thursday, January 07, 2010 7:30 PM
Friday, January 08, 2010 7:30 PM
Saturday, January 09, 2010 11:30 AM Saturday, January 09, 2010 3:30 PM Saturday, January 09, 2010 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 10, 2010 1:00 PM Sunday, January 10, 2010 5:00 PM

MELROSE, IL KIDDIELAND PARK AUCTION 9/24/09 (CHICAGO TRIBUNE)

A Melrose Park fixture(Tribune photo by Chuck Berman / June 7, 2006) Kiddieland enjoyed 81 years in business. The Melrose Park fixture featured more than 30 rides, according to its Web site. The park refered to itself as "the last U.S. theme park catering exclusively to children."

Family rift
(Tribune photo by Chuck Berman / June 7, 2006)
President and co-owner Ronald F. Rynes, Jr. talks about the park in 2006. Because of a rift in the family that owns and runs Kiddieland Amusement Park in Melrose Park, the amusement park geared for the younger ages, will close down.The 17 acres where the amusement park operates are owned by the founders' daughter, Shirley Rynes, and her son, Glenn, while the amusement park itself is owned and run by Rynes' other children, Ronald Rynes Jr. and Cathy Norini.

Perfect ending
(Tribune photo by William DeShazer / September 27, 2009) Park goers had perfect weather to enjoy Kiddieland's last day.



Do I hear ... ?
(Tribune photo by Chuck Berman / November 24, 2009) Doc Horton, one of the Norton Auctioneers, calls out for bids outside the Scooter pavilion where the bumper cars later sold for $17, 000.


Happy shoppers
(Tribune photo by Chuck Berman / November 24, 2009) Diane, left, and Lonia Leone, of Chicago, are a pair of happy sisters at Kiddieland in Melrose Park. They successfully bid $350 on tin signs. They came to the amusement park as children.


One last look
(Tribune photo by Chuck Berman / November 24, 2009) Lily Moore, 6, of River Forest, waves to her mom from one of the carousel horses as they look around the Kiddieland park in Melrose Park on the day its contents are being auctioned off.


Bidder's choice
( Tribune photo by Chuck Berman / November 24, 2009 ) One of the horses on the carousel at Kiddieland holds a bid number. The Melrose Park amusement park, opened one last time for an auction of its rides and everything else. Carnival enthusiasts and long-time regulars packed the amusement park for a final goodbye.







COURAGE!


ANOTHER MISGUIDED SOUL--(TV 7, EVANSVILLE, IN)

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GERMAN CIRCUS LION

A LION, A VAN, AND SOME THEIVES Some thieves got more than they bargained for when they stole a van from outside a circus in Germany, that had a sleeping lion inside.
They abandoned the vehicle after crashing into a road sign in the western city of Wuppertal.
Police later had the van towed away to a depot - unaware that the five-year-old lion was inside.
The lion appeared unhurt when a lion tamer arrived to reclaim him.
The thieves got away.

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