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Saturday, July 30, 2011



Chemung County Fair opens Tuesday in Horseheads


JASON COX THE LEADER
Corning Leader
Posted Jul 29, 2011
Horseheads, N.Y. — The 169th annual Chemung County Fair will bring carnival rides and games, grandstand shows, animal shows and more to Horseheads.

The event kicks off Tuesday and runs through Aug. 7 at the Chemung County Fairgrounds, off Grand Central Avenue.

The fair opens at 11 a.m. daily, with the James E. Strates Show Midway opening at 4 p.m. Tuesday, and at noon Wednesday through Sunday.

The headliner for the grandstand shows is country music star Rodney Atkins, who will perform Wednesday evening. Tickets are $25 and $35.

The evening grandstand shows:

Demolition derby, 7 p.m. Tuesday
Rodney Atkins concert, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Monster truck show, 7:30 p.m. Thursday
Rodeo, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5
Tractor pull, 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6
Demolition derby, 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7

For more details, go to www.chemungcountyfair.com or call 734-1217.

Fredericksburg Fair Kicks Off
Historic slice of summer life returns for 273rd year.



By Michael Theis
from: fredericksburg.patch
Fredericksburg, VA--
A ferris wheel in motion lights up the night sky. This photograph is not of the Fredericksburg Fair. Why? Because it's our first year here. Photos (1) Photos Credit Stuart Nafey
the hot weather, the 273rd Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair kicks off today at 3 p.m. Organizers trace the back to a 1738 order from the Virginia House of Burgess to hold a fair two times a year to sell "cattle, provisions, goods, wares, and all kinds of merchandise."Following World War II, the fair was restarted in 1948, and has been held every year since then.
Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair Schedule of Events for July 29
•3 p.m. - Gates open - flower show - pig - duck and goat racing -country K-9 show - NoJoe's Clown Circus - Ackmonster's Chainsaw Artist - pony rides and petting zoo - rabbits, land fowl and water fowl presentation.
•4 p.m. - Attractions Open
•TBA - Kids Tractor Pull
•7:30 p.m. - Emcee Bob Williams on Fairway Stage
•8:30 p.m. - Miss Fredericksburg Fair Pageant
•TBA - Fireworks

Get The Ink Out: Circus a welcoming place for kids, parents

horses, of course: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents "Fully Charged" at the Honda Center. (Heinz Kluetmeier, Daily Pilot / July 28, 2011)
By Jamie Rowe
from: thedailypilot.com
July 28, 2011
Anaheim, CA--
Have you been following this "No Kids" movement going across the country? If not, allow me to fill you in.

I first heard about it when Malaysia Airlines banned children from first class on certain flights. Then a Pittsburgh restaurant banned children younger than 6. Finally, an unknown theater had an adults-only screening of the new "Harry Potter" movie.

I get it. You want to fly across the Pacific without your seat's back being kicked. You want to savor that duck confit without having food flung at you. You want to see how Harry and the gang handle the next adventure in peace.

But if you're a parent, where can you take the family and not feel like pariah?

The circus, that's where. And lucky you, it just so happens to be in town — well, the county at least.

"Fully Charged," the latest incarnation of the "Greatest Show on Earth," doesn't ask for quiet. In fact, it asks the audience to have the most fun ever, starting with the pre-show
read more:
http://www.dailypilot.com/entertainment/tn-dpt-0729-rowe-20110728,0,173599.story
El Maida Shrine Circus In Town For 60th Year

By Oralia Ortega - Main Anchor
from: ktsm.com
Friday, July 29, 2011
EL PASO- The El Maida Shrine Circus is back in the Sun City this weekend.

For the 60th year, the event has entertained thousands of El Pasoans. We caught up with the organizer, the ringmaster and some of the stars of the show as they bring their amazing performance to the three-ring circus. The El Maida Shrine Circus is putting the first of eight performances scheduled this weekend.

"We’ve got white tigers, gold tigers, they're all Bengal. We've got elephants. We've got bears, snakes for pictures and those are just a few of the acts that are scheduled to come into town," says Circus Director, Matt Salgado.

Matt says the El Maida Shrine Circus features clowns, a high-wire act, motorcycle riders inside a metal ball, a quick-change act and of course, performing animals .

"The dancing bears are a very entertaining group. It's kind of a dying art with circus companies," says the Ringmaster.

"The elephants will be dancing and standing up on their hind legs walking, laying down," says Matt.
http://www.ktsm.com/local/el-maida-shrine-circus-in-town-for-60th-year
El Maida Shrine Circus In Town For 60th Year
By Oralia Ortega - Main Anchor
from: ktsm.com
Friday, July 29, 2011
EL PASO- The El Maida Shrine Circus is back in the Sun City this weekend.

For the 60th year, the event has entertained thousands of El Pasoans. We caught up with the organizer, the ringmaster and some of the stars of the show as they bring their amazing performance to the three-ring circus. The El Maida Shrine Circus is putting the first of eight performances scheduled this weekend.

"We’ve got white tigers, gold tigers, they're all Bengal. We've got elephants. We've got bears, snakes for pictures and those are just a few of the acts that are scheduled to come into town," says Circus Director, Matt Salgado.

Matt says the El Maida Shrine Circus features clowns, a high-wire act, motorcycle riders inside a metal ball, a quick-change act and of course, performing animals .

"The dancing bears are a very entertaining group. It's kind of a dying art with circus companies," says the Ringmaster.

"The elephants will be dancing and standing up on their hind legs walking, laying down," says Matt.
http://www.ktsm.com/local/el-maida-shrine-circus-in-town-for-60th-year
Star Magazine High-wire hyperbole colors circus exhibit




The 1904 circus poster of "The Six Flying Jordans in their Wondrous Flights," from the Forepaugh and Sells Bros.
from: kansascity.com
Fri, Jul. 29, 2011
Without the mighty adjective, it would seem not a soul would step right up.

The circus, after all, is not simply a show on this place we call Earth. It’s the greatest show on Earth. And through the decades, in its hallowed ring we mere mortals have witnessed magnificent trapeze artists, triumphal equestrians, fearsome wild animals and, of course, magical clowns.
Ask anyone born more than 40 years ago and they’ll tell you it must all be true.
A detail seen from the 1941 circus poster of the Hamid-Morton Circus featuring Clyde Beatty fending off a group of lions, as part of the Tegge Circus Archives collection on display at the Kansas City Public Library Central branch downtown through Aug. 28th. DAVID EULITT/The Kansas City Star
“What you see on these old posters, pure and simple, is salesmanship — advertising at its finest,” says Tim Tegge, who grew up performing in his family’s circus. “In the late ’40s and ’50s, the heyday of the circus, there was tough competition. You had to be more spectacular, bigger, more magnificent than the next show or the one before it.”

You’ll see a sample of Tegge’s collection of around 2,000 posters, along with circus memorabilia and a one-third scale replica of a calliope wagon, at the Central Library downtown through Aug. 28.

Visit the exhibit, and you’ll witness a colorful slice of American history. That these posters survived the years is miraculous, says Tegge, who still works as a clown, circus illusionist, ringmaster and performance director at small theaters around the country.

“They were stuck to latrine doors and plastered on walls throughout towns before the circus came,” he says. “Circus performers sure didn’t save them. They lived out of small trunks as they traveled around the country. They had no room to collect anything.”
Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/07/29/3041123/star-magazine-high-wire-hyperbole.html#ixzz1TaNOg6lR

Friday, July 29, 2011

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA FAIR

Manassas, VA

opens August 12th


Thursday, July 28, 2011

VOCAL TRASH

AT THE

DELAWARE STATE FAIR

WMDT-TV, Salisbury, MD


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cole Bros. Circus Part 4: John Pugh tutored by 'Digger'
LaneInConn



Uploaded by LaneInConn on Jul 26, 2011
In Part 4 of Lane Talburt's video series, John Pugh regales listeners with tales of his unconventional exploits as a circus performer and owner.
Leicester 'Summer Fun' Fun Fair Photo Montage 2011
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Antique Italian Family Circus Comes To WHB
The circus is coming to town this weekend!
Publication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press
By Heather Girgenti

The Zoppé Family Circus, presented by the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, will begin on Friday, July 29, at 7 p.m., and will continue on Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31, at 3 p.m. For the performances, the Westhampton Beach Village Green on Main Street will house a one-ring circus tent bursting with clowns, acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship and canine capers.
According to Giovanni Zoppé, who performs as Nino the Clown, the circus will entertain the whole family with various stunts and performances.
“The best part about the circus, is being able to give our art to people,” Mr. Zoppé said during a recent phone interview. “They can forget about life for a few hours and forget about all their troubles.”
The Zoppé Family Circus is an antique family circus that began in 1842 when Mr. Zoppé’s ancestors—a French clown and a Hungarian ballerina—met, fell in love and started a circus together, according to Mr. Zoppé. Since then the entire Zoppé family has become involved. Mr. Zoppé began performing when he was 1 year old and his 21-month-old son is already following in his footsteps, appearing in every show, he said.
“This circus is special because it follows a story line,” he explained. “There’s a reason why things happen when they do.”
This is circus’s first time in Westhampton and Mr. Zoppé said the entire troupe is very excited.
“Our circus isn’t just for children, it’s for everyone,” he said. “It’s a truly magical experience
read more:
http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/Westhampton-Beach-Surrounding-Areas/387984/Antique-Italian-Family-Circus-Comes-To-WHB
Kids Learn Circus Tricks Under the Big Top
Circus Vargas closes out its stay in Newark, but not before making some children very happy.


Aerial Angel Michelle Rivera Esqueda performs an aerial act well above the the audience below. Credit: AJ Flores
by AJ Flores
from: unioncity.patch.com
Circus Vargas closed out its nine-show stint in Newark Monday night.

Based in Southern California, the circus travels approximately 10-and-a-half months out of the year, with most stops in California, and a few in Las Vegas.

"We're really California's own circus," host Jon Weiss said. "We tour all around California and rarely leave the state."

The show, which features no animals, is about two hours long and is full of trapeze tricks, motorcyclists in a globe, aerial acts, bungees, balancing acts and more.

Before the show, Weiss and his wife Laura taught circus skills to the childen in the audience. Weiss began a similar pre-show program with Ringling Bros. Circus before coming to Circus Vargas and implementing the program.

While the circus has wrapped up its stop in Newark, it will stay in the Bay Area for several more weeks. Next up is Hayward's Southland Mall, then two locations in San Jose.
read more:
http://unioncity.patch.com/articles/in-photos-kids-learn-circus-tricks-under-the-big-top#photo-7146386

Russians Get Circus From Family That Gave Them Big Macs, Coca-Cola



Craig Cohon is bringing the Cirque du Soleil show "Zarkana" to Russia. Source: Cirque du Soleil via Bloomberg
By Lyubov Pronina - Jul 26, 2011
The father and son who boosted Russian consumer freedom with global brands McDonald’s and Coca- Cola are on a mission to do the same for cultural choice with the Cirque du Soleil’s “Zarkana” show.
George Cohon battled communist bureaucrats for 14 years to bring Big Macs to the Soviet Union in 1990 just before its collapse. His son Craig started building Russia’s first Coca- Cola plant after 18 months of talks. It took less than a year for him to get Kremlin officials to agree that “Zarkana” perform inside the country’s 500-year-old seat of power.

The acrobatic rock opera is described by its creators as a cross between arcane and bizarre, with jugglers and a high- flying spider woman. It debuted in June at the Radio City Music Hall in New York and is due to feature at the Kremlin Palace from February 2012 -- the first three-month stretch in its history.

Performers in the new Cirque du Soleil show "Zarkana" running through Oct. 8 at Radio City Music Hall. Photographer: Jeremy Daniel/Publicity Office via Bloomberg
The palace, built in 1961, seats about 6,000 people and has hosted Elton John, heavy metal band Scorpions and Michael Flatley’s show “Lord of the Dance.”
The Montreal-based circus, which has become a global franchise with permanent shows in Las Vegas and elsewhere, may be helped by its Russian links. Its co-founder Guy Laliberte, a former fire-eater, paid Russia $35 million to shoot off to the International Space Station in 2009 as a tourist.
Cirque has invested 1.2 billion rubles ($43 million) in Russia since 2008, selling more than 500,000 tickets in two years. It is spending $57 million on running the Zarkana show in New York and Moscow. Cirque plans to invest $50 million more to give it a permanent presence in Russia. The Cohons own 25 percent of the circus’s Russian venture.
read more:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-26/russians-get-circus-from-family-that-gave-them-big-macs-cola.html

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

FROM ALASKA--





Circus animals help spread the word




The Rev. Jim Lavender, who heads Discovery United Methodist Church in Richmond, smiles at kids Sunday from the inside of a menagerie of circus animals, including kangaroos in the background, brought to Christ United Methodist Church in Staunton. Lavender tours with the animals, using them to tell stories from the Bible and giving children's sermons. / Megan Williams/The News Leader
Jul 25, 2011
Written by
Megan Williams
STAUNTON — Two-year-old Aidyn Wright didn't know what to make of the kangaroo. Let alone the tiger or the lion.

"Do you like the kangaroo?" asked his dad, Paul Wright.

"Yes!"

"What about the tiger?"

Aidyn paused, looking around at the big cats and slowly nodded his head. "He's having a great time," Paul said.

More than a 100 people gathered in the parking lot of Christ United Methodist Church in Staunton, where a menagerie of circus animals not only entertained but also helped spread the word about the church's upcoming Vacation Bible School, which starts today.

In keeping with the theme for the weeklong camp, Big Jungle Adventures, Pastor Robert Edwards called up a friend from school who specializes in combining the ministry with the animal kingdom.

The Rev. Jim Lavender, a retired ringmaster for a number of traveling circuses, felt a call to ministry which ended his gig in the entertainment industry but gave him the idea of bringing the circus to the church.

He started Discovery United Methodist Church in Richmond, which houses retired circus animals and raises those that need a home. Now he travels the country giving sermons and telling stories from the Bible with the assistance of his four-legged friends.

"We thought community people would come out for the event and see that we're nice people and may be the church for them," said Loretta Duty , the church's education chairperson.

Pastor Edwards said he hoped the event would also encourage church and community members to get involved with Vacation Bible School.

For Lavender, the only dream bigger than becoming a ringmaster for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, turned out to be going into the ministry.

And he knows the best way to get children to remember lessons is by associating them with animals.

"Guaranteed," Edwards said. "It's so simple and guaranteed to make them remember."

On Sunday, he employed a handful of magic tricks and showed off his animals, which included a kangaroo, alpacas, goat, sheep, lion, tiger, rabbits, camels and donkeys, to speak on Christian themes and Bible stories.

A North American mountain lion, "Pockets" a feisty kangaroo and Joe the camel, who puckered up to pastor Edwards, entertained the crowd.

"This is fun for the kids and good for the adults as well," Duty said.


Part Of Child's Finger Cut Off At Bluegrass Fair
Written by Ryan Dearbone
Lexington, KY




MARION COUNTY, INDIANA 4-H FAIR
July 21, 2011

LAST DAY AT THE BLUEGRASS FAIR
LEXINGTON, KY

Allondra Reyes, 5, from Lexington, Ky., looked out over the fairgrounds while riding her carousel horse at the fair on Sunday. Sunday, July 24, 2011 was the last day of the Bluegrass Fair at Masterson Station Park in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Angela Baldridge read more:
http://www.kentucky.com/2011/07/25/1823032/incident-that-cut-off-part-of.html#ixzz1TBnZu8dW

Carnival rides mostly unregulated
Unlike many other states, Oregon does not verify safety information
By Tracey Lowe
Statesman Journal, from www.registerguard.com
Monday, Jul 25, 2011
SALEM — It’s the height of festival season and for many kids that means thrills — as in the Zipper, the Sizzler or the Tilt-A-Whirl.

But who’s making sure those traveling rides are properly maintained, set up and operated?

In Oregon, the answer is no one.

Even worse, regulators say, a state permit affixed to each ride gives the false appearance of oversight.

To get the permit, ride operators submit a form each year showing that the ride has had a private inspection and is insured, and pay a $28 fee.

That’s it.

Unlike many other states, Oregon doesn’t independently verify the information on the form.

It doesn’t require those contracted ride inspectors to be nationally certified.

It doesn’t enforce safety rules or investigate or track accidents.

It also doesn’t require ride operators to be certified, although they must be at least 18 years old.

Earlier this year, state officials asked lawmakers to either fund a comprehensive oversight program or remove the state from regulation altogether, making it clear to riders that there is no government oversight.

The current regulatory structure “creates an appearance, but not the reality, of comprehensive oversight of amusement rides,” Pat Allen, acting administrator of the state Building Codes Division, told lawmakers.

“The building codes seal that a parent sees on an amusement ride may imply that we provide more safety oversight and regulation than we actually do,” Allen said.
read more:
http://www.registerguard.com/web/newslocalnews/26603242-41/ride-amusement-state-oregon-oversight.html.csp

Monday, July 25, 2011

Del. State Fair Attendance Down Due To Heat
By Ryan Hughes, Reporter wmdt-tv
Jul 24, 2011
HARRINGTON, Del. - Officials say mother nature is making the first few days of the Delaware State Fair challenging.

Thunderstorms rolled into Harrington Sunday afternoon, but the big story has been the heat. Extreme temperatures have been beaming down over the fairgrounds since opening day.

"It's hot, but you have to come out for the festivities regardless, you can't let it get ya," said first-timer Nicole Ott.

But officials say numbers are down and the weather has been affecting attendance.

"There's not as many people out here because it's so hot, and then as hot as it is, nobody wants soda all they want is water," said Pat Diamond, an outside vendor.

To try and beat the heat vendors are trying to stay cool in front of fans, and misting stations have been set up to provide some relief.

"Seeing that we were going to have a couple days of warm temperatures we wanted to set something up that was easy, comfortable and give everyone a quick burst of cold water," said Danny Aguilar, Director of Marketing for the Delaware State Fair.

The crowds are building during the evening hours and officials hope relief is on the way so people can come and enjoy the fair. Last year, things were pretty hot at the fair, and officials say that didn't stop them from having the second best year for turnout. With temperatures expected to drop a bit, they hope things will turn around again.

UniverSoul Circus comes to Lafayette Square

Keeping cool at the county fair


ATTENDANCE DOWN AT FAIR


Fair kicks off 125th offering Monday


Daniel Slates of Skerbeck Brothers Carnival prepares to scrub down the Toboggan ride, the first to arrive at the Fowlerville, MI Fairgrounds for the Fowlerville Family Fair. The fair runs from Monday through Saturday at the fairgrounds in Handy Township. / Photo by GILLIS BENEDICT/DAILY PRESS & ARGUSWritten by
Jason Carmel Davis
DAILY PRESS & ARGUS
Jul 24, 2011
The Fowlerville, MI Family Fair, which celebrates its 125th year when gates open Monday, has a special place in the heart of Fowlerville resident Jennifer Rhodes.

"I've been coming here every year since I was 6 years old," said Rhodes, 33, who serves as office manager of the Fowlerville Fairgrounds on Grand River Avenue just west of the village in Handy Township.

"I started out coming here working with 4-H, which is a huge part of the fair's agricultural component. Personally, this fair means a great deal to me," she said.

Four years ago, Rhodes started out as a volunteer at the Fowlerville Fairgrounds. She took over as the fairgrounds' office manager last year.

Everything is set for this year's fair, according to Rhodes, adding that she's looking forward to a fun week of entertainment and large crowds.

"What I love the most is walking out in the middle of the crowds when it's busy, and just looking at everyone enjoying themselves," Rhodes said. "That makes the process of putting the fair together all worth it."

Fowlerville Clerk Kathryn Arledge said people look forward to the fair year-round. She added that village staffers take calls on when the fair will take place months in advance.

"(The fair) is something a lot of people care about," Arledge said. "It's separate from the village, but it does a lot for our economy and brings in a lot of people that week who may not come into Fowlerville otherwise."
read more:
http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/20110724/NEWS01/107240313

Sunday, July 24, 2011

MAYBE THIS WILL HELP COOL YOU OFF!


SUNDAY FUNNIES---


Getting ready for the fair
take a peek at the Ohio State Fair, which opens Wednesday.
from The Columbus Dispatch
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FROM: BOB CLINE--


When you think of Press Agents, there's the big THREE, Dexter Fellows, Roland Butler and Jack Ryan! Congratulations to Jack Ryan for being inducted into the International Circus Hall of Fame friday night. ( This photo is from Jack )


Great American Circus swings into action in Atlantic City



Ben Fogletto
Trapeze artist Rebecca Ostropp takes to the ring Saturday during The Great American Circus’ opening performance Saturday afternoon in Atlantic City.

Circus train comes to Essex for celebration



Catherine Avalone The Middletown Press 7.23.11

Balloon artist Dale Griffith also known as "Kaboose the Clown" creates a surprise for four year old Kyra Deroy, of Griswold in the midway at the The Valley Railroad Circus Train & Big Top Show Saturday afternoon in Essex. Essex Steam Train & Riverboat is celebrating their 40th anniversary with special events scheduled throughout the year.
Published: Saturday, July 23, 2011
middletownpress.com
ESSEX - The Valley Railroad Circus Train & Big Top Show came to Essex on Saturday afternoon to help celebrate an anniversary.


Catherine Avalone The Middletown Press 7.23.11
The antique Circus Wagon chugs along at the The Valley Railroad Circus Train & Big Top Show Saturday afternoon in Essex. Essex Steam Train & Riverboat is celebrating their 40th anniversary with special events scheduled throughout the year.



Catherine Avalone The Middletown Press 7.23.11

Cunductor Brian Messinger aboard the authentic Circus Train Caboose at the The Valley Railroad Circus Train & Big Top Show Saturday afternoon in Essex. Essex Steam Train & Riverboat is celebrating their 40th anniversary with special events scheduled throughout the year.
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat is celebrating its 40th anniversary with special events scheduled throughout the year. The circus, which will continue today and July 30-31, includes balloon animals, an acrobat show, a puppet show, a petting zoo, circus food and live entertainment.
Visitors should park at the Lee Company Parking Lot, 55 Bokum Road, where passengers will board the circus train for an interactive ride to event grounds and shows. Admission is $25
FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE--http://essexsteamtrain.com/circus.html
Ozark Empire Fair celebrates 75 years
Springfield salesman Don Cole Sr., 78, has attended the fair every year.


Ozark Empire Fair, 1952 / News-Leader file photo, 1952
Written by Jan Peterson For the News-Leader
http://www.news-leader.com
Jul. 24, 2011
Don Cole Sr. was just a little squirt when his mama woke him up early one morning to see something they'd never seen in front of their North Broadway Avenue home.

"My mother got us up -- my sister and I -- about 6 in the morning, and here come a bunch of elephants down the street from a circus train that had stopped on Commercial Street," Cole recounts with a ready laugh.


Mr. Cole
The circus animals were headed to the Ozark Empire Fair, which celebrates its 75th year this year. And in all of those years, Cole hasn't missed a single one.

The Springfield salesman, who at 78 displays absolutely no interest in retirement, says he went to the first fair at the age of 3. Ask him about any special memories and he'll rattle off dozens.

In doing so, he paints the picture of the fair's early years, called the Ozark Empire District Free Fair when it opened Oct. 10, 1937, by the Greene County Agricultural and Mechanical Society on city park land next to the Dickerson Park Zoo.
read more: http://www.news-leader.com/article/20110724/NEWS01/107240386/1007/?odyssey=nav%7Chead


All the fun of the circus!
Sunday 24 July 2011
from: http://www.kirriemuirherald.co.uk/
AUDIENCES in Forfar will soon have the opportunity to see a spectacular, fun-packed, world-class circus for all the family, the likes of which can usually only be seen by audiences in major cities.

Featuring a galaxy of international circus stars from China, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Bulgaria, Romania and France, Circus Of The Orient has been specifically designed to visit towns and locations normally considered beyond the reach of circuses of an international standard.

Audiences can witness the amazing world famous Shaolin Wu Shu Warriors appearing by kind permission of the Abbott of the Shaolin Temple and the Chinese Ministry Of Culture.

Phillip Gandey, artistic director, said: “This production is a brilliant mix of oriental and western elements to create a thrilling, entertaining and laughter-packed show which will appeal to all the family.

“The deliberate mixture of cultures is due to oriental humor not being easily appreciated by western audiences, so our clowning Duo from Romania and France bring a modern twist to guarantee laughter.”

Other world class artists include the sensational springboard acrobatics from the amazing ‘Julio Troupe’, combined with supreme aerialists, ‘Trio Serik’, who will be on hanging straps high in the roof of the Big Top. The beautiful ‘Monalisa’ will provide an element of grace with her aerial showcase.

Encounter the unbelievable somersaults performed on Chinese poles and watch artists dice with death on the cloud swing trapeze, all whilst the spectacular Big Top is echoing with laughter from the antics of our crazy clowns ‘Duo Delbosq’.

The breakthrough of such a tour is due to the special new design of its Big Top. Although seating an audience of 500 people in 360-degree comfort, it can be erected then dismantled in a fraction of the normal time.
read more: http://www.kirriemuirherald.co.uk/news/local-headlines/all_the_fun_of_the_circus_1_1740053

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