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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Circus coming to Osgood May 1

The Batesville Herald Tribune

Apr 19, 2011
-- — Come one, come all, to the greatest show on earth!
Once again, the Kelly Miller Circus, sponsored by the Osgood Area Kiwanis and Ripley County Parks and Recreation, will present two shows in Osgood. The Kelly Miller Circus is Sunday, May 1, at 2 and 5 p.m. at the Ripley County Fairgrounds Park.
“They come every two years, and this is the fourth time they have come to the county,” reports Kiwanian Lila Neal.
The shows will feature elephants, horses, tigers, llamas, camels, clowns and a cast of international circus stars under a huge tent that seats 1,500, she reveals.
“The morning of the circus (9 a.m.), that tent is put up by man power and elephant power. Those elephants pull that tent up .... (and) there will be people there watching it go up.”
Neal is looking forward to “seeing the crowd come and the smiles on the children’s faces .... that’s why we keep bringing it back. (Otherwise) most don’t have an opportunity to see an actual circus.
“We’ve been told by people who are lucky enough to go to the bigger circuses .... that they like this one better because there’s more one on one with the audience. The entertainment is just as good, but on a smaller scale.”
She adds, “The first show is always sold out, and the second one usually is, too, or close to it.”
Proceeds go toward educational programs for Osgood children and to help families with medical and emergency situations. It also supports Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, and helps take care of Ripley County Fairgrounds Park.

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