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Saturday, February 13, 2010

HANNEFORD IN WHITE PLAINS FEB 13, 14 & 15TH

Vincenta Pages, and one of her Siberian tigers, will perform their act at the Royal Hanneford Circus at the Westchester County Center. The circus (Royal Hanneford Circus)
If you go
What: Royal Hanneford CircusWhen: 10 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m. Feb. 13-15
Where: Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White PlainsTickets: $22.50, $28.50


VINCE BRUCE---ROPE SPINNER (FROM MIKE NAUGHTON)



The one and only Vince Bruce on video from a television show in France.
His performance at the dress rehearsal of Circus Sarasota is inspirational.
Vince also appeared in the original production of "The Will Rogers Follies" on Broadway where he stopped the show every night.
Enjoy.
Mike

FLORIDA STATE FAIR VIEWS (PHOTOS BY AJDEJR)



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Friday, February 12, 2010

GIBTOWN TRADE SHOW PICS


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GIBTOWN PICS

FREDERIKSENS FUN SLIDES

BOB'S SPACE RACERS


Pictures from:
Matt's Carnival Warehouse.com
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Tom Hoey's Carneytown.com






Sue Nochols "5 Cent Rides"





TAMPA STATE FAIR MIDWAY---(WTVT PHOTOS)





Just to make you aware these were taken last weekend.
It certainly isn't as crowded on weekdays!





BIG CAT HABITAT MAGAZINE ARTICLE (FROM MIKE NAUGHTON)

(from the SARASOTA MAGAZINE)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Animal Extravaganza Take a walk on the wild side at the Big Cat Habitat.
By Kay Kipling
I usually use this space to write about the plays I’m seeing, but in Sarasota, the circus capital, every one in a while I take a walk on the wild side—wild being the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary the Rosaire family (long, longtime circus performers) runs out east of I-75.

The Habitat is home to a number of animals, from tigers and lions to bears and chimps, that the Rosaires adopted when their original owners could no longer care for them. All of the animals have grown up in captivity; none were taken from the wild, and at the Rosaire compound they’re given lots of love, meat and the occasional chance to perform.

The Habitat is home to a number of animals, from tigers and lions to bears and chimps, that the Rosaires adopted when their original owners could no longer care for them.

All of the animals have grown up in captivity; none were taken from the wild, and at the Rosaire compound they’re given lots of love, meat and the occasional chance to perform.

I got a sneak peek at what some of the animals can do on a recent visit to the Habitat/Sanctuary. You can get the full show with the Animal Extravaganza, an educational show and fund raiser under the Big Top on the property.

Performance dates are Feb. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 and March 6 and 7, with shows on the Saturdays at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. only.

Camel rides, pony rides, elephant rides and a petting zoo are included, too.

You can buy tickets in advance online at http://www.bigcathabitat.org/.

The Rosaire property is located at 7101 Palmer Blvd, one mile east of the interstate; you can take either Bee Ridge or Fruitville to get to Palmer, and the Habitat is just past all the current work being done on the Celery Fields project.

Here are a few pictures to whet your appetite.

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New baby chimp Chance with mom Pamela Rosaire-Zoppe.

Chester the pig pushes a baby carriage.

Big cats at work.






All photos by Ian Dean.




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DETROIT SHRINE CIRCUS FINDS NEW HOME

DETROIT (AP) — The century-old Detroit Shrine Circus has found a new home.

Published: Tuesday, February 9, 2010
The Detroit Free Press reports Tuesday that the Hazel Park Raceway north of Detroit will play host to the circus March 18 to 21. The circus lost its longtime home at the Michigan State Fair Coliseum after the cash-strapped state eliminated money for the fair and the facility closed last year.
The circus will be under a heated big-top tent on 20 acres at the raceway, with fenced and lighted parking.
Circus Director Chuck Baer says Detroit’s is the oldest Shrine circus in the U.S. It started in 1906

Thursday, February 11, 2010

ICE SLIDE MOVIE



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JUMBO, THE MOVIE

Jumbo, I beleive was produced in the late 50's or early 60's.
It was a boxoffice success.



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Wednesday, February 10, 2010


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