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Piccadilly Circus Opens in Naples




January 20, 2012

Photo by LEXEY SWALL Lexey Swall/Staff

Tiffany Garden gives a kiss on the nose to one of the six camels at Piccadilly Circus on Thursday as her father, Dick Garden, second from left in the background, tends to business as they prepare to open at the Collier County Fairgrounds on Immokalee Road in Naples. The Piccadilly Circus is run by the Garden family, a third-generation circus family who have two shows that play in different locations throughout the Unites States. The circus starts Friday night with a show at 4:30 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m. Shows continue with three shows Saturday at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., then again on Sunday at 1 p.m. 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Gates open an hour before showtime when there will be shetland pony rides, photo opportunities with a monkey and a petting zoo.




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Dick Garden helps set up the grounds to the piccadilly Circus on Thursday at the Collier County Fairgrounds on Immokalee Road in Naples. The piccadilly Circus is run by the Garden family, a third-generation circus family who have two shows that play in different locations throughout the Unites States. The circus starts in Collier County Friday night with a show at 4:30 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m. Shows continue with three shows Saturday at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., then again on Sunday at 1 p.m. 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Gates open an hour before showtime when there will be shetland pony rides, photo opportunities with a monkey and a petting zoo.


Lexey Swall/Staff Alex White climbs down from the top of the big top as he and others prepare for the opening of the piccadilly Circus on Thursday at the Collier County Fairgrounds on Immokalee Road in Naples.

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Sultan Kumisbayev, right, originally of Kazakhstan, washes down Zarik, his 7-year-old quarter horse as he and others prepare for the opening of the piccadilly Circus on Thursday at the Collier County Fairgrounds on Immokalee Road in Naples


Lexey Swall/Staff Gracelyn Garden, 4, strikes a pose as her family prepares the groudns for the piccadilly Circus on Thursday at the Collier County Fairgrounds on Immokalee Road in Naples. The piccadilly Circus is run by the Garden family, a third-generation circus family who have two shows that play in different locations throughout the Unites States. The circus starts Friday night with a show at 4:30 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m. Shows continue with three shows Saturday at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., then again on Sunday at 1 p.m. 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Gates open an hour before showtime when there will be shetland pony rides, photo opportunities with a monkey and a petting zoo.

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