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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Circus Hollywood free with fair admission
 

The Coronas of Hollywood circus performs on the grounds of the Du Quoin State Fair in Du Quoin, Ill. on Monday, August 27, 2012.
 (Joel Hawksley / The Southern)
from:  thesouthern.com
BY BRENT STEWART, The Southern
Aug 28, 2012
DU QUOIN — Families who visit the Du Quoin State Fair this week have the opportunity to indulge in their favorite fried dishes, hear live music and see a number of agricultural exhibits; but they’ll also get to go under the big top.
Circus Hollywood, owned by the Coronas family, performs twice nightly this week, with three shows a day over Labor Day weekend.
Serge Coronas Jr., said his family’s circus packs “a little bit of everything” in their hour-long performance. Children of all ages will be wowed by trapeze artists and jugglers, as well as motorcycle, ladder and animal acts.
And it’s all for free upon entrance to the fair.
“You can’t beat that bargain,” Coronas said.
For five generations, Coronas’ family has been entertaining crowds in circuses. His grandfather, Charles Coronas — who turns 100 this year — brought the family from their home in what is now the Czech Republic in 1952. The Coronas family started their own circus in 1975.
“We’re still entertainment that’s never been rated. It’s still clean, family entertainment,” Serge Coronas said about why circuses are still popular.
Coronas said people still love to see daredevils and animals, and parents are often more excited than kids.
“I’ve come across a lot of folks who have never seen the circus or haven’t seen one since they were 10,” Coronas said.
Coronas said crowd reactions often surprise him. Many spectators come up to him after seeing his motorcycle act, “The Globe of Death,” and tell him they’ve only seen a stunt like that on television.
And at the end of the night, that’s what has kept his family in the business for more than 100 years.
“It’s a great feeling knowing you made someone smile,” Coronas said.
Details
Circus Hollywood performs at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. through Friday and at 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday through Monday. The circus is free on the northwest area of the main fairgrounds near the Expo building. For more information about the Du Quoin State Fair, go to www.agr.state.il.us/dq.
 

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