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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Holiday Circus brings back memories, creates new ones
Jim Hallmark, 67, remembered setting up tents for circuses that traveled across the country back in the 1960s.


Jonathan Pantido, a performer in the Santa Claus Holiday Circus, balances on what he calls the rola bola.
from:  carthagepress.com
By John Hacker
Dec. 7, 2012
Jim Hallmark, 67, remembered setting up tents for circuses that traveled across the country back in the 1960s.
Emma Nicholas, 10, said she will remember the puppies jumping through hoops.
Watching the performers from Santa Claus Holiday Circus Wednesday at the Carthage Junior High Gymnasium brought back old memories for some and created new ones for other in the crowd of more than 150 people.
Hallmark said watching the show brought back a flood of memories.
“It takes you back to the past,” Hallmark said. “The guy balancing on the platforms and the other performers really took me back. It shows the kinds of talents people have and it gets kids away from their electronic games.”
Emma Nicholas said she’s been to circuses before, and this was a pretty good one.
“It was awesome,” Emma said. “I liked the dancers and the puppies. The best thing was the puppies and how they danced through hoops.”
 
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Trained poodles were part of the act at Wednesday's Santa Claus Holiday Circus, held at the Carthage Junior High Gymnasium. John Hacker / Carthage Press
The Hugo, Okla.,-based Santa Claus Holiday Circus was a shortened version of the big circuses that still travel the country in the summer, cut down to fit in indoor venues.
Mell Silverlake, the ringmaster for the circus, said the performers with his circus perform with other larger circuses during the summer.
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