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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Meet the Biggest Circus Stars



September 21, 2011
By Anna Yee




September 21, 2011
"Each elephant just with food, medical, and cost of living is about $60,000 to $70,000 a year," said Dunlap native Joey Frisco, senior elephant handler, "but for Field Entertainment, for Ringling Brothers, money isn't a thing for the elephants. We always give them the best food, the best everything we can."
Frisco says a portion of the show's ticket sales goes to Ringling's Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida.
But there will be more than just elephants featured at this weekend's shows.
"We mixed a little bit of old school with a little bit of new school," said Andre McClain, who plays the cowboy and is the pre-show host. "That's how we came up with Barnum 200. We've got a young lady that hangs 35 feet in the air by the strands of her hair. We have a strong man that lifts over 1200 pounds. We've got elephants. We've got tigers, llamas, ponies, donkeys, even a watusi. Do you know what a watusi is?
A watusi is a type of long-horned African cattle.
You'll have six chances to see the Barnum 200 show at the Peoria Civic Center this weekend:
Friday, Sept. 23: 7:00pmSaturday, Sept. 24: 11:00am, 3:00pm, 7:00pmSunday, Sept. 25: 1:00pm, 5:00pm


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