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Saturday, January 8, 2011


Charity circus set for 3 shows Saturday under big top
Look out Ringling Brothers. There's another circus in town.
Showmen's Charity big top circus is Saturday in Gibsonton
By Kim Wilmath, Times Staff Writer
Friday, January 7, 2011
The Showmen's Charity is hosting its own big top show Saturday at the International Independent Showmen's Association grounds, 6925 Riverview Drive.
Expect performances by clowns, dogs, horses, elephants, jugglers, aerialists, contortionists and a live 16-piece circus band — plus a midway with fun bounces, animal rides, a petting zoo and what's billed as the world's largest model circus display.
"There's nothing like an old-time circus under a tent," said event spokesman C.M. Christ. "It's a very intimate circus."
He said the annual show has been taking place for almost 30 years.
"It's a tradition," Christ said. "Grandparents take their grandkids, parents take their kids, to experience an indigenous American art form that's just vanishing into the horizon."
Three shows, each seating 1,200 people, are scheduled for 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The midway opens an hour before each show.
Tickets cost $12 at the door. Advance tickets cost $10 and can be bought at M&M Printing Co. and the Osprey Observer in Ruskin, Paradise Pet Salon Boutique in Riverview and at the Showmen's Club in Gibsonton. Proceeds go to charity.
From The St Petersburg, FL TIMES

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