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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Circus to feature clown, costumes, balancing acts, animals and more
BY LESLIE BIXLER • Staff writer •
July 19, 2010
FREMONT -- The Carson and Barnes Circus is coming to town Wednesday at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds.The last time this circus came to town was in 1999, said Mal Knopf, marketing director of the circus."We cover all of Ohio and go to more than 200 towns in nine months," he said.
This year they will have a clown named Alex who will entertain while jumping on a trampoline.
Other highlights of the show will include a patriotic parade displaying hand-made costumes and animal blankets concluding with an aerial extravaganza, daredevils of the Double Wheels of Destiny with balancing and agility while being blindfolded, along with trapeze artists, unicycles, prancing ponies, juggling and, of course, the animals.
The two shows are at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Adult tickets are $18 and children's tickets are $10 for those 12 and younger. Tickets are buy one, get one free.
People can save more if they buy them online at http://www.carson/ barnescircus.com.
The circus dates back to 1937 through four generations of family ownership and operation. The new circus tent is about 50 feet high and can hold about 2,200 people.
Knopf said they have the second largest herd of elephants in the United States and support the Endangered Ark Foundation for the preservation of the endangered Asian elephant and other animals.
They work with Texas A&M University to breed elephants.
On the morning of the circus, people can see more than two dozen types of animals as they arrive and are watered and fed.
Despite allegations by PETA of animal cruelty by circuses, Knopf says "We've never been cited for animal abuse. We get inspected on a regular basis by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and sometimes by surprise.

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