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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Circus coming to Peru Tuesday


Saturday, August 27, 2011

By Craig Sterrett ntlocal@newstrib.com

The show must go on.

That show-business motto certainly applies to a date for a circus at Illinois Valley Regional Airport that was arranged by the Friends of Peru Pool organization.This week, Peru City Council learned that the Federal Aviation Administration would not allow this or future events at the airport to raise money to benefit entities other than the airport.But Heidi Heuser, administrative assistant to the mayor, said Carson & Barnes Circus still will show up Tuesday, Aug. 30 for two shows.“The show’s still coming. It’ll still be here,” Heuser said.She said she didn’t even bother telling circus officials the path of proceeds from ticket sales is changing.“To them it doesn’t matter,” Heuser noted.Alderman and Friends of the Pool member Sherry Mayszak said the organizers did not want to jeopardize FAA funding for the airport in any way.Performances will be at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. featuring performers from around the world, elephants, trapeze and clowns. Heuser said Carson & Barnes allows the public to watch as it sets up tents and its other portable facilities when the circus comes to town around 9 a.m. The circus menagerie includes elephants and camels, and Carson & Barnes usually sets up a small petting zoo before its shows.Discounted tickets in advance are $12 for adults age 12 and up and $6 for children ages 2-11. Heuser said more than 300 tickets had been sold.Tickets are available at Peru City Clerk’s office, Hy-Vee, Walmart, Save-a-Lot and IV Food Center. Tickets also will be available at the gate.

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