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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

CARSON & BARNES NEWS---







Carson and Barnes Circus starts the show
04/20/2010 VERONA, Miss. (WTVA)--

If you love clowns, elephants and performances from the high-wire, you're in luck.
They can all be found under the big top of the Carson and Barnes Circus in Verona.
The first of four performances kicked off Tuesday afternoon.
That's after a full day of preparations.
One of the most dramatic events is to see the big top going up.
It takes a full crew of men to unravel the heavy material and attach it to posts in the ground.
Marketing Director Amanda Pippin says performances will include all the traditional acts crowds expect. Acts include dogs, ponies and elephants among a host of others popular attractions.
"The physical attributes of our performers are just amazing. The things they can do with their bodies are just so amazing. So, there literally is something for everyone. It's something your children will remember for the rest of their lives," Pippin said.
Pippin says the circus holds performances three hundred days of the year.




Big Top Brings Some History to the Shoals CarsonBarnesCircus.com FLORENCE–In America today there remains only one big-tented circus which manages to maintain a traditionally demanding road schedule. It's the all new 74th edition of the Carson & Barnes Circus, bringing almost one hundred performers and animals to the Shoals on April 22 and 23. The giant tent will be pitched on the grounds of Crosspoint Church of Christ on Cox Creek Parkway in Florence. Showtimes are at 4:30pm and 7:30pm Thursday and Friday. Advance tickets are available at Bank Independent locations, Coussons BP Convenience stores, Honeybaked Ham in Regency Square Mall and the office at CrossPoint Church of Christ.
The Lauderdale County Children’s Policy Council will use the event as a fundraiser. Carson & Barnes helped non profits and civic organizations across the country raise close to $500,000 in 2009.
The sponsorship arrangements are such that the Children’s Policy Council ONLY benefits from ticket sales in advance. The council receives no proceeds from tickets sold on Thursday or Friday.
The Herrera Troop will perform daring feats of skill on the high wire you won’t soon forget. CarsonBarnesCircus.com Carson & Barnes Circus travels with its city-block long tent to some 200 towns and cities each year. Emphasis this year is on a new concept in circus presentation which blends over eight decades of circus tradition and family ownership with exciting new acts and up-close audience viewing. Carson & Barnes is achieving a new height in quality family entertainment.
When Carson & Barnes sets up circus morning, it is circus history and magic which transforms the show grounds into "Circus City USA". The public is invited to watch free of charge. Early birds on April 22 can watch as the first units of the caravan begin arriving about an hour after dawn.
Over two dozen types of exotic and domestic animals are unloaded, fed, watered and made available for viewing. Adding to the excitement is the final and most popular experience of all as humans, elephants and technology work side-byside to erect America's largest circus Big Top.
The performers are artists from around the world, including the United States, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Russia and Italy. Acts consist of aerial trapeze, high wire, motorcycle acrobatic teams, jugglers and clowns, along with performing elephants, camels, dogs and horses.
Special for 2010 is the award-winning clown and world-renowned "King of Comedy," Alex, entertaining with hilarious highbounding feats on the trampoline.
Advance general admission tickets are available at special discount prices. These will benefit the Children’s Policy Council.

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