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FROM: WNEP 16, WILKES-BARRE
This year’s act was dubbed the “Wild West” edition, featuring tiger tamers, trained camels, a cowboy rope spinner, a dog-and-pony act and an all-American patriotic Wild West salute as a finale. The show travels 38 weeks from February to October, journeying from Texas to New Hampshire hitting stops all along the way before making its way back to headquarters in Hugo.
The show also included the lithe Poema family featuring an acrobatic routine in whicv the father juggles his children with his feet.
“It’s a great show. The little kids flipping were awesome,” said Park Forest resident Matthew Brooks, who brought his kids out for Monday’s show.
The festivities also included pony, camel and elephant rides before the show began and during intermission. Tinley Park tot Elle Villari hit the show with her brother Trevor. Trevor was most impressed with the aerial trapeze performers swinging from rings high atop the tent, while Elle liked the elephant act.
“It’s lots of fun,” she said.
The show left town Monday, but is not quite done in the Southland. It made a pit stop in Midlothian on Monday before heading to Posen and Berwyn later this week.
#1 and #2 Flyer, circa 1950
Uploaded by LaneInConn on Sep 3, 2011
Abandoning his plans to be a teacher, Gary Sladek Borstelmann opted for a career in the circus. During the next 33 years, he mastered a dozen different routines, including handstands on stacked chairs. "The Amazing Sladek" shared his experiences with Lane Talburt between performances at a small Connecticut fair.