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 30, 2010

WHAT A DAY! FOR ALL MY FRIENDS IN FLORIDA!

JUST LOOK AT WHAT YOU ALL ARE MISSING!

THESE WERE TAKEN JUST ABOUT AN HOUR AGO
TEMP 18 --- CORRECTION NOW 15.8!
IT'S NOW 5:30 AND STILL COMMING DOWN!


IT NEVER STARTED UNTIL JUST ABOUT NOON


SUPPOSED TO KEEP IT UP FOR A FEW MORE HOURS!





1928 CIRCUS AD (FROM DUSTPAN HOWARD)

My friend Howard from the blog
"Delmar Dustpan" sent me this ad this morning.
At Laurel, Delaware.

IT'S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

PRINCESS STEPHANIE

H.S.H. Princess Stephanie of Manoco
President, Fédération Mondiale du Cirque

PROMOTING THE ART OF HAPPINESS



UNESCO Representative Addresses Circus Directors Fédération Mondiale du Cirque Announces 2010 Plans

(Monte-Carlo, Monaco) – The head of UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Mme. Cecile Duvelle, addressed more than 80 circus owners, directors and representatives at a private luncheon hosted by the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque (Fédération) under the patronage of H.S.H. Princess Stephanie of Monaco in partnership with the Monegasque Societé des Bains de Mer. Following a brief presentation regarding circus as a “culture for the millions,” Mme. Duvelle outlined the goals of the Convention and underlined the important cultural role of circus. Mme. Duvelle also attended a competition show of the Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo while in Monaco.
During its two-day annual conference on January 15-16, Fédération representatives reviewed the achievements of its first full year of operation and announced goals and activities for 2010. The Fédération’s Preservation Project, designed to document and index circus memorabilia and artifacts collections worldwide, will remain the new year’s focus including a major professional meeting to be held in Montreal, Canada on June 16-19, 2010. In addition, the Fédération will coordinate, support and promote the first World Circus Day slated for Saturday, April 17, 2010. More than a dozen countries already have expressed their enthusiasm and scheduled activities for this inaugural global circus celebration.
The Fédération also announced its decision to admit a new member representing circus interests from Asia. The new member will be made public later in 2010 in conjunction with an important circus event.
The popular photography contest held in 2009 will be offered again in 2010. Best of show winners for the 2009 contest Ron Mikkenie of the Netherlands and Janeric Dahlin of Sweden were recognized for their outstanding color and black/white circus photographs depicting performing animals and circus performance, respectively. Twenty-four winning photos were published in 2010 calendars and displayed during the Monte-Carlo circus festival, and Mikkenie and Dahlin received framed copies of their winning entries signed by H.S.H. Princess Stephanie.
The Fédération Mondiale du Cirque was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Monte-Carlo. The goal of the Fédération is to promote circus arts and culture worldwide, to support the circus through proprietary projects, to serve as a voice for the circus community and to represent circus interests to international organizations. Its six founding members are the Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo, the European Circus Association, the Outdoor Amusement Business Association in the United States, the Circus Federation of Australia, the Animal Interest Alliance in South Africa, and the Canadian organization En Piste. For more information on the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque, visit www.circusfederation.org.

BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL CIRCUS FESTIVAL

BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL CIRCUS FESTIVAL #2

Ukrainian circus artist Vladislav Goncharov performs with one of his male lions during the dress rehearsal of the International Circus Festival in Budapest January 21, 2010. The festival will run from January 21-25. (REUTERS)

Belgian circus artist Barto performs during the dress rehearsal of the International Circus Festival in Budapest

Ukrainian circus artist Vladislav Goncharov performs with his male lions during the dress rehearsal of the International Circus Festival in Budapest January 21, 2010.

Member of China's Habei Acrobats performs during the rehearsal of the upcoming 8th International Circus Festival in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010.


Ukraine's Vladislav Goncharov puts his head into the mouth of a lion during the rehearsal of the upcoming 8th International Circus Festival in Budapest,

This will be the 6th time that we have the privilege to host and organize the International Circus Festival of Budapest. Once again our task is to present the best of International and Hungarian circus arts, comparing the best performances of the exceptional talents appearing during the five live shows at the Capital Circus.

HUNTS CIRCUS CHRISTMAS CARD

HUNT CIRCUS CHRISTMAS CARD

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

SUNDAY MORNING FUNNIES IS BACK!

GIBTOWN GETS CLOSER!

http://www.gibtownshowmensclub.com/
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 - Saturday, February 13, 2010

ALL AMERICAN HIGH DIVERS, MANATEE COUNTY FAIR

Ron Kutinsky and his granddaughters Autumn, 6, and Lilly, 4, watch as high diver Manuel Mendes climbs a tower dive and to make an 80-foot dive into a 10-foot deep, 26-foot wide, 50,000-gallon water tankat the All American High Dive Show at the Manatee County Fair on Friday.
High diver Manuel Mendes during an 80-foot dive into a 10-foot deep, 26-foot wide, 50,000-gallon water tank at the All American High Dive Show at the Manatee County Fair on Friday.

High diver Manuel Mendes pauses to catch his breath as he climbs a tower to make an 80-foot dive into a 10-foot deep, 26-foot wide, 50,000-gallon water tankat the All American High Dive Show at the Manatee County Fair on Friday.


High divers Dana Kunze and Manuel Mendes dive in unison off springboard diving boards during the All American High Dive Show at the Manatee County Fair on Friday. The team demonstrated several Olympic style springboard and platform dives. The show ended with a platform dive from an 80-foot tower into a 10-foot deep, 26-foot wide, 50,000-gallon water tank.




High diver Dana Kunze demonstrates a dive from a 40-foot high platform during the All American High Dive Show at the Manatee County Fair on Friday. The team demonstrated several Olympic style springboard and platform dives. The show ended with a platform dive from an 80-foot tower into a 10-foot deep, 26-foot wide, 50,000-gallon water tank.

GRANT JEFFERIES/gjefferies@bradenton.com


MANTEE COUNTY FAIR PIG RACES

" Racing pigs speed around the track at the Manatee County Fair, all part of the Robinson's Racing Pigs and Robinson's Pig Paddling Porkers show at the Manatee County Fair on Wednesday."

Get that Cookie!


"Pigs jump into a pool of water as they speed toward the finish line and an Oreo cookie, at the Manatee County Fair, all part of the Robinson's Racing Pigs and Robinson's Pig Paddling Porkers show at the Manatee County Fair on Wednesday."



"Students with Saint Stephen's Episcopal School cheer on their favorite racing pigs as it speeds around the track at the Manatee County Fair, all part of the Robinson's Racing Pigs and Robinson's Pig Paddling Porkers show at the Manatee County Fair on Wednesday."





SARASOTA MAGAZINE (FROM MIKE NAUGHTIN)

"Ladies & gentlemen! Children of all ages! Direct your eyes to the center ring, where we celebrate our town’s world-famous circus heritage with high-flying styles with all the color, glitter and glamour of the Greatest Show on Earth! Special thanks to Erendira Wallenda and Pedro Reis of Circus Sarasota, which kicks off its season Feb. 12, and to PAL Sailor Circus, where our story was shot."

" Heir to the Air
Circus performer Erendira Wallenda dangles daringly from the silks"

" Circus Sarasota performers shot on location at PAL Sailor Circus Model: Dominika Pstrova, "


" Ladies of the Ring
This page: Erendira in feather vest by Theory"




"Juggler Luis Garcia with Dominika"




"Tall Tale
Stilt walker Aaron Watkins towers over Dominika"


On the cover: Chucko Sidlow and Miss Karen Bell.
Notice the title of the magazine, "Sarasota Magazine, Living in Paradise."Obviously the editor has never been to Gib'town.Mike






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