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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Circus captivates in Rochester: Provides audience a magical time under the Big Top
John Huff/Staff photographer
 The big top is set up as preparations continue for Piccadilly Circus at the Rochester Fairgrounds this week.By LIZ MARKHLEVSKAYA
from:  fosters.com
Thursday, June 14, 2012
ROCHESTER, NH — Magic was in the air Wednesday at the Rochester Fairgrounds, where Piccadilly Circus held its first of many performances this week.
Wednesday's show was packed with acrobatic feats, animal performances, and much comedy, entertaining dozens of audience members inside the Big Top, a European-style circus tent that will be stationed at the Fairgrounds through Sunday.
Families in the audience on Wednesday were heard captivated as a trapeze artist in a sparkling leotard swung high in the air above the audience, even swinging upside down and only using her feet to hold herself on the swing.
Another performer balanced a large vase on his head and made it spin to the music without using his hands.
The audience braced itself as an acrobat walked, ran, rode a unicycle, and balanced on a chair — all while high up on a tightrope.
Three zebras raced around the circus ring, and spun to the dramatic music at the command of their trainer.
Even before the camels walked onto the circus ring in the second part of the show, children were whispering in anticipation. A herd of some eight camels galloped around the ring, and then switched directions or spun around as their trainer cracked the whip to the ground.
At the end of the animals' performance, the trainer gave the zebras and camels treats, as well as kisses on the noses of some for a job well done.
While elephants, including 9,000-pound Oka, were expected to be a part of the show, Scotty Watros, the animal caretaker for the circus, said no elephants could make it to Rochester's shows this week because of a family emergency.
Still, the zebras and camels featured at Wednesday's show were a big draw for the many children in attendance.
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