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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Circus returns to Addison for second year of thrills


Alex the Clown, a Carson and Barnes Circus favorite, will return to Addison’s annual big top event this year.

from: chicago daily herald

8/19/2011

By Megan Bannister.

Less than a week before students return to the halls of Indian Trail Junior High in Addison, a different group will be taking over the school.These newcomers, tough, aren’t preteens.They’re performers from the Carson and Barnes Circus, the “Biggest Big Top in North America,” presented by the Village of Addison.
“It gives adults a chance to act like a kid and go with their kids to see some of these animals up close that they would never get to see otherwise,” Mayor Larry Hartwig said.




Guests will be dazzled by the animals, performers and sideshows of the Carson and Barnes Circus when its members perform at Indian Prairie Junior High in Addison. The circus will perform seven shows opening today and continuing through Sunday.
Although the Shriners are no longer involved with the event, the Carson and Barnes Circus still promises to provide some jaw-dropping thrills and family fun.
“It worked out so well for everyone last year we decided to continue doing it,” Krage said.
Organizers urge those planning to attend the circus to purchase tickets in advance to ensure a seat.

The Carson and Barnes Circus will provide some high-flying thrills when it opens today.
“I really didn’t know what to expect last year and I just loved it,” Krage said.SuperSaver tickets are available before any of the seven shows for $10 each or $25 for two adults and three children. Tickets also may be purchased at the gate for $22 for adults and $10 for kids.
A prepaid ticket may be used at any of the seven shows, a change from last year’s event.
SuperSaver tickets also will be sold through a number of churches and service organizations from not only Addison but also Elmhurst, Bensenville and Wood Dale. A portion of the ticket price will then be donated back to the local group.
“They really, really do a fantastic show,” Krage said. “And there’s a lot to do before and after the show.”

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