Big Top pops up at fairgrounds
Cole Bros. Circus clowns around
Courtesy Cole Bros. Circus Halley and Baby Val are one of the attractions in the Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars, which stops at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds from April 27-29. Both are five years old.
by Topher Forhecz, Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Every day at work is a blast for Kellan Bermudez.
As a member of the Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars, Bermudez takes to the big top as the human cannonball, launching himself out of what has been proclaimed The World's Largest Cannon.
When The Cole Bros. Circus comes to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds April 27-29, audiences can see Bermudez on the midway as a clown, and, again, under the big-top as the human cannonball.
Bermudez’s other attraction is the Wheel of Destiny, a large structure with two opposing, spinning wheels that Bermudez and his wife can comfortably stand in.
Courtesy Cole Bros. Circus The Cretu Troupe are Romanian acrobats who perform in the Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars.
“Five years ago we started with the wheel,” Bermudez says. “We run inside the wheel, we're running outside with a jump or two.”
On the midway, Bermudez performs with other clowns, juggling and painting faces. For first time circus-goers, Bermudez says the interaction helps break down any apprehension.
“The clown is a good thing,” Bermudez says. “When the child comes into the circus, we try, with myself and the other guys, to get a little smile on their face. Sometimes when they come, they're 2 or 3 years old. They're shy.”
Originally from South America, Bermudez joined Cole Bros. in 1997 and says the circus always has been a big part of his life.
“The good thing is that its a traditional circus,” Bermudez says.
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