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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Circus Gatti brings new acts to Midland show
Children a placed atop "Patti," a 7,000-pound Asian Elephant, for a ride around the ring Thursday at Circus Gatti at the Ector County Coliseum. Cindeka Nealy/Reporter-Telegram
There's just something about the circus --
maybe it's the smell of popcorn, the sticky treat of cotton candy on one's face and hands or the sound of the ringmaster's voice booming overhead -- that can make even those who have had the worst day, relax and have fun again.
And that's exactly what those putting on this year's Circus Gatti are hoping their audiences will remember the most of the show, that it's fun and enjoyable and can take one's mind off problems for an hour or two.
John Pelton gives his 48-year-old, 7,000-pound, Asian Elephant "Patti" a bath before her Circus Gatti performance Thursday at the Ector County Coliseum. Cindeka Nealy/Reporter-Telegram
"They can come and forget about everything else and have fun. They don't have to worry about anything for a couple of hours," said high wire performer Leroy Ortiz.
Ortiz, who is originally from Midland and got involved in the circus life by way of an introduction from family and friends, has been performing on the road for the last 16 years.

After being pulled from the audience Clay Cordova, 5, helps support Leo the Clown during his surfing skit Thursday during Circus Gatti at the Ector County Coliseum. Cindeka Nealy/Reporter-Telegram
There will be two performances at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the center and two shows on Monday at 4:15 and read more at:http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_c3a68163-d620-580c-99d5-fd7f018f778f.html?mode=story

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