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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Circus delights locals with traditional entertainment

Lucho the Clown paints a pink butterfly on the face of Mikayla Custer, 6, of Coshocton Sunday before a performance of the Walker Brothers Circus at the Coshocton National Guard Armory. / Leonard Hayhurst, Tribune
from: www.coshoctontribune.com
Mar 7, 2011
COSHOCTON, OH -- Mikayla Custer, 6, of Coshocton sat patiently still on a stool as Lucho the clown painted a pink butterfly on her face to go with the ones adorning her purple shirt.
She was with her sister, Baleigh Custer, 4, and mother, Brandi Custer. It not only was the girls first time at a circus, but their mother's, too.
"It's something they haven't done before and something different," Brandi said. "It's something to do while it's cold outside."
Face painting, pony rides and pictures with the stars were some of the hands-on activities at the Walker Brothers Circus. The circus performed two shows Sunday at the Coshocton National Guard Armory. The event featured a hula hoop act, contortionist, juggler, dog act, a man in a gorilla suit riding a horse and traipsing through the crowd and much more.
"I liked the juggling. I liked how he could throw so many (items) up in the air and catch them all," Kyle Anderson, 10, of Coshocton said.
His sister, Jasmine Anderson, 6, was a little more general in saying she liked everything she saw.
"In Cleveland they went to Ringling Brothers. I think this is more fun. We were so high up they couldn't see anything," their mother Heidi Anderson said.
Cassie Johnson, 6, of Adams Mills, said her favorite thing was Miss Harmony, who hung from the ceiling on a rope and performed gymnastics.
"She twirled a lot up and down the rope and stuff," Johnson said.
She was with her mother Lisa Wilson and grandmother Shelley Wilson. Both were taking enjoyment in seeing Cassie having such a great time.
"She loves the circus. We come every year," Shelley said.
Erin Peoples, of Newcomerstown, brought her daughter, Jaidyn Peoples, 4. Erin said Jaidyn received tickets in her preschool class, and she never had been to a circus before. Erin has fond memories of going to the circus when she was around her daughter's age.
"I remember all the animals and acrobats and food," she said. "It means a lot to be able to share something like that and spend time with her."

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