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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Circus coming to Standish Aug. 19
By James Kuch
News Editor
STANDISH, MI — The circus is coming to town.

For the first time ever, the Standish Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Kelly Miller Circus on Friday, Aug. 19 at the Arenac County Fairgrounds in Standish.

Chamber President Andrew Radatz said he expects the circus to be a hit for the area.

“I think this is going to be a great opportunity for family to come out and spend some quality time together at a fun event,” he said.

Radatz said the circus, founded in 1938, will feature elephants, tigers, lions, clowns, and a tight rope performer.

“It will all take place under a big top tent,” he said. “I have been told that this is a top-notch circus.”

Radatz said he hopes the community shows interest in the event.

“I think this is a great way to bring people into the downtown district,” he said. “Business owners that I have talked to are very interested.”

Radatz said the chamber of commerce began discussing the possibility of the event back in April of this year.

“It all came together quickly and smoothly,” he said. “We did not really run into any bumps along the way.”

Radatz said the circus will take place at the midway location of the fairgrounds. He added that some proceeds from the event will go toward upkeep of the fairgrounds.

“I think this is a good event for the fairgrounds,” he said. “We need good events there.”

Radatz said circus activities will begin at 7:30 a.m. that Friday.

“The tent will be raised at 9 a.m. and it’s free for anyone who wants to come out and see the tent raised.”

There will be two shows, with the first opening at 4:30 p.m. and the second starting at 7:30 p.m.

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