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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Circus possibly coming to town this year as Masons' fundraiser

by KEN LAHMERS EDITOR Aurora, Ohio -- A circus may be headed to town for two shows this summer as a fundraiser for W.K. Ricksecker Masonic Lodge 606. However, the city would have to grant the lodge permission to use Ballfields 1 and 2 on the north side of West Pioneer Trail on Aug. 3. Tony Marotta, a member of the lodge, approached the parks/recreation committee April 7, seeking permission to use the ballfields. He said the Kelly Miller Circus currently has Aug. 3 -- a Wednesday -- as an open date to bring the shows here. He explained circus workers would transport their animals, performers and equipment here, set up a tent to seat 1,000 people, run the shows and tear down -- probably within 24 hours. The circus and Masonic Lodge would handle everything and have insurance to cover liability, and there should be little financial burden for the city, Marotta said. He added it would be an opportunity for the lodge to open up its building across the street to promote its purpose to circus goers who choose to visit. Parks-Rec Director Jim Kraus said the city could either charge the group the going rate for renting the two ballfields or determine a different fee. The panel referred the request to Law Director Alan Shorr, who will look into any legal matters before a final decision is made.

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