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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Saturday, January 23, 2010

FROM HAL GUYON

Just a reminder folks, February 6, that`s only 2 weeks away until we get together for our gathering of circus/
carnival fans and model builders here in Columbia.
We will meet in the lobby of The Jamil Shrine Center at 9:15 AM for the 10:00 AM performance of the Royal Hanneford Circus after which we will have lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch we will go to The Colonial Life Arena in downtown Columbia for the 3:00 PM show of Ringling Bros & Barnum and Bailey Circus.
If you let me know by Tuesday Feb 2nd I can get discount tickets for the Shrine Hannerford Circus and you can get them from me that morning.
My wife works for Colonial Life Insurance, that`s The company that the Arena is named for. She is looking into a chance of getting a private box that the company has there, I will know about this as soon as she finds out, and let you all know. She told me that she has to see if it`s not already taken by one of the company big wigs first.
If we can`t get the box I`m sure we can just get tickets at the door so we can all be together. She also said she may be able to get RBBB tickets at a discount in advance through her company, she will find out more next week.
I will let you all know about this so you can let me know if you`re going to attend. Hope to see you all on the 6th, should be a great day for circus lovers! Hal Guyon

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"When doctors and undertakers meet, they wink at each other." ...W.C.Fields

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Friday, January 22, 2010

BILLY MARTIN'S COLE ALL STAR CIRCUS (01.15.2009)

Children gathered around the ring to watch the many different acts that performed during last years Billy Martin’s Cole All-Star Circus. Held in the gym of Wise Middle School, this will be the 22nd time the circus has come to Medina, NY

Billy Martin welcomes the more than 400 children and their families who gathered for the Billy Martin’s Cole All-Star Circus on Friday, January 15th, at Wise Middle School.


BORN AGAIN AMERICAN



ZAMPERLA MAY REOPEN ASTROLAND!

While Coney Island developers aren’t telling what new attractions on lot will be, possible amusements could be the Moto Coaster (above) and Vertical Swing (below).


From the New York Daily News

SAGINAW, MI SHRINE CIRCUS OPENS


Circus Begins 4-Day Run At Dow Event Center
Organizers Say Crowds Can Expect New Acts
Thursday marked the opening of the Shrine Circus in Saginaw.
Its four-day run at the Dow Event Center will wrap up Sunday.
Organizers said crowds can expect a whole new show this year, complete with an impressive human pyramid up on the high wire.
The circus also has traditional displays and acts, with fan favorites like elephants and tigers

98TH ANNUAL CONVENTION
PA State Association of County FairsandPA State Showmen's Association
The Hershey Lodge & Convention Center Hershey PA
Wednesday - Saturday, Jan. 20 - 23, 2010

THE NATIONAL ELEPHANT CENTER


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SOUTH FLORIDA FAIR NEWS

At the South Florida Fair, vendors hawk everything from miracle cures to leather goods.
So what's one of the biggest sellers at the 2010 fair? A home safe to store your valuables.
"Nobody trusts the banks anymore," said fair concessionaire Linda Bryan of her booming safe business.
Normally, Bryan sells safes through her husband's Miami-based business, Jim Bryan Safe & Lock. But friends told the couple that the South Florida Fair is a buyer and seller's paradise for merchandise of all kinds. So, the Bryans thought it was worth a try, especially since the home-safe business has been known to flourish in tougher economic times (apparently, when money is tight and banks are struggling, folks like to have extra cash on hand — as long as it's under lock and key or protected by a combination).
From the couple's booth in Building 9 of the fair's expo concourse, they're selling safes in all sizes and styles, ranging in price from $150 to $995. The difference with the most expensive models is easy to see, said Linda Bryan. "They have plush interiors," she noted.
As of Saturday morning, the couple had sold 24 safes. And there's time to sell plenty more: The fair has another two weeks to go.
But after they make their purchase, are fairgoers expected to lug a safe in one hand and a corn dog in the other? Absolutely not, said Linda Bryan. "We deliver," she explained.
Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post

SAGINAW SHRINE CIRCUS (1/20/2010)

The Saginaw News on January 20, 2010 at 2:57 PMJeff Schrier
Three elephants walk into The Dow Event Center in Saginaw while a crew sets up the arena for the annual Shrine Circus.
The circus is in town from Thursday, January 21 through Sunday, January 24th. Shows are Thursday, January 21 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., Friday, January 22 at 12 noon and 7 p.m., Saturday, January 23 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, January 24 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Yessica Alvarado helps install a piece of equipment she uses in her aerial act while a crew sets up the arena at The Dow Event Center in Saginaw for the annual Shrine Circus.


Claudia Alvarado tests a piece of equipment she uses in her aerial act while a crew sets up the arena at The Dow Event Center

Concessions worker Ron Mattson, of Flint sets up a cotton candy tree


A worker carries a piece of equipment around one of the performance rings at The Dow Event Center in Saginaw as a crew sets up the arena for the annual Shrine Circus.


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