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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Preserving and creating lifetime memories


The sights and sound of the huge and colorful Kelly Miller Circus from Hugo, Oklahoma has arrived



The Kelly Miller Circus will be offering elephant rides during intermission.

Friday, March 02, 2012

By: Yanira Resendez,

The Laredo Sun

LAREDO, TX. - The sights and sound of the huge and colorful Kelly Miller Circus from Hugo, Oklahoma has arrived in Laredo. The circus captures a thundering performance with elephants, tigers, camels, and more of this American tradition.
The wafting smells of freshly baked popcorn, and that rare smell of the circus tent are nonetheless a recurring memory of our childhood memories. This circus is dedicated to creating memories for children while having a wonderful family experience.
For John Moss, the ringmaster of the Kelly Miller Circus, and in the circus business since 1985, his childhood memory was his inspiration to perform at the circus.
“My father loved the circus and he would be first in line in my hometown whenever the tickets went on sale when the big Barnum & Bailey Circus would come to town.
I would spend two hours mesmerized and usually wake up the next morning wondering if it really all happened. Like many circus performers, I am just trying to relive that childhood memory every day,” said Moss.
After being in the concession department for a number of years, his big break was in 1994 when he finally became on the ringmaster of a circus. He didn’t have proper training back then, but he imitated the ringmasters that he remembered as a child.
Moss, along with his wife, two boys, and a newborn daughter, travel across the United States to create memories for other families.
The circus has an extensive level of professional performers, one even dating back to the 1980s. Some that have worked in previous circuses meet down the road later in their career.
What’s fascinating is that from all the different performer families, they all form one huge family. Their crew now only includes performers, workers, mechanics, school teachers, cooks, among the many who contribute to this huge project.
This circus isn’t inside an arena, or a parking lot, it is on actual gravel, the way the circus was founded, which speaks volumes of the unique atmosphere.
So what can you expect from this particular circus?
“A live performance!” said Moss.
Moss continued, “These are performers who are in front of you, a variety of animals. The magical thing about a live performance is that when they give and the audience reacts to that with give an applause, this wonderful cycle occurs and that’s what makes a life performance special.”
The circus is a world of wonder. More than ten men unloaded and unfolded the enormous tent where all the magic happens. Other workers put together the rails, banners, and fed the exotic animals.
Then the show is ready to begin. Acrobats, jugglers, hilarious clowns and circus performers get ready for the once in a lifetime experience in the world of wonder.
Tickets are at extremely affordable prices. Showings are Friday at 6 and 8:30 p.m. and on Saturday thru Sunday at 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Casa Blanca Ballroom Grounds.

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