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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Circus thrills Kelleys Island


BY ZOE GORMANBLADE STAFF WRITER

Published: 8/9/2011
Handler Jason King directs his elephants before the audience on Kelleys Island during the Kelly Miller Circus’s annual visit to the community surrounded by Lake Erie.

THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH

KELLEYS ISLAND, Ohio -- Every year, performers of the Kelly Miller Circus await their annual visit to Kelleys Island with great anticipation. And that feeling for those living on the small tourist island is always reciprocated.


Marcelino Perez hangs inflatable toys before the circus opens for patrons. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH


Since 2004, the Kelly Miller Circus has been traveling to northwest Ohio, and across Lake Erie via ferry to Kelleys Island to spend two days riding around in golf carts, swimming in the lake, and performing in a packed tent filled with their most responsive crowd of the season.
Case in point: A welcoming party of about 200 gathered Sunday night as the circus trucks and trailers drove off the boats and onto the island, as the ferries pulled into the dock and cheered as the circus unloaded.
"Everybody treats you so good here," elephant trainer Armando Loyal said. "It makes you feel like a rock star."read more at:http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2011/08/09/Untitled-BRKJKST4-0FL.html

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