traditionally demanding road schedule. It's the all new 75th edition of the Carson & Barnes
Circus, bringing almost 100 performers and animals to the Gilmer Civic Center in Gilmer on
Sunday, March 20 with shows at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. The Gilmer VFD will use the
fundraiser to support many of its local community projects. Carson & Barnes Circus is
always pleased to provide a portion of its income to civic organizations for local use. In
2011, almost 500,000 dollars was raised for local hosts.
Carson & Barnes Circus travels with its city-block long tent to some 200 towns and cities
each 10-month season. Emphasis this year is on a new concept in circus presentation,
which blends over eight decades of circus tradition and family ownership with exciting new
acts and up-close audience viewing, achieving a new height in quality family entertainment.
While other circuses have reduced their size and schedule, Carson & Barnes is still the only
organization capable of moving such a huge show to a new site nearly every day, seven
days a week.
When Carson & Barnes sets up circus morning, it is circus history and magic, transforming
the show grounds into "Circus City USA". The general public is invited (free), and early
birds on March 20 can watch as the first units of the caravan begin arriving about an hour
after dawn. Over 2 dozen types of exotic and domestic animals, featuring a large traveling
zoo, are unloaded, fed and watered and made available for viewing. Adding to the
excitement, is the final and most popular experience of all, as humans, elephants and
technology work side-by-side to erect America's most spectacular and largest circus Big
The performers are artists from around the world, including the United States, Mexico,
Peru, Chile, Argentina, Russia and Italy. Acts consist of aerial trapeze, high wire,
motorcycle acrobatic teams, jugglers and clowns, along with performing elephants, camels,
dogs and horses.
Special for 2011 is award-winning clown and world-renowned "King of Comedy" Alex,
who will entertain you with hilarious high bounding feats on the trampoline.