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Saturday, April 9, 2011

127th annual Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars bigger than ever

Ring Master Chris Connors starts the show at the Cole Bros. Circus at the Wilmington International Airport as part of the 64th Annual N.C Azalea Festival. The circus runs until Sunday, April 10, 2011. By Alex PomplianoAlex.Pompliano@StarNewsOnline.com April 7, 2011 “Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages step right up to the Cole Bros. Circus,” announced ringmaster Chris Connors to a packed crowd as they erupted in applause. Just then, 12 tigers filled the ring led by trainers Juergen and Judit Nerger, and opening night of the circus had begun. Thursday evening commenced one of the Azalea Festival’s most anticipated events, the 127th annual Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars – so named because its dome interior replicates a celestial nighttime sky. Billed as “the world’s largest circus under the big top,” the circus boasts costumed characters, acrobatics, death-defying stunts and an international cast of entertainers with their trained and exotic animals. The show ran for more than two hours, including a 15-minute intermission when children were invited in the ring to ride the elephants, camels and ponies. Cameron Hite, 9, said her favorite part was when the female pirates barged the ring, climbed the ropes and performed dizzying display of aerial ballet. “I like their swirling on the rings,” Cameron said. The biggest thrills of the night came after the ThunderDrome entered the ring, and a family of three brave motor-bicyclists whirled around the steel globe in patterns at unbelievable speeds. The excitement from the ThunderDrome was the perfect buildup for the anticipated finale when the Human Cannonball, José Bermudez, slid into the “World’s Largest Canon” and was shot out across the Big Top to the other side where he gracefully landed on a net. The Cole Bros. Circus will continue through the rest of the weekend. read more at: http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20110407/ARTICLES/110409689/1155?Title=127th-annual-Cole-Bros-Circus-of-the-Stars-bigger-than-ever#

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