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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Circus comes to town
“It’s controlled mayhem, like a bunch of ants building a colony, but everyone knows exactly what they’re doing.”

Bill Dundee

Cole Bros. Circus


Workers set up for the Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars at the Pitt County Fairgrounds on Friday morning.
 (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)
By Michael Abramowitz
The Daily Reflector
Saturday, March 30, 2013
The Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars, in Greenville for two days this week, was a spectacle to behold — well before the first act even began Friday under the Big Top.

 (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)
A caravan of 40-50 tractor-trailers, buses and RVs pulled into the Pitt County Fair grounds at about 4 a.m. The drivers knew just where to place the trucks carrying the lions, tigers and elephants while the circus performers were still sleeping after the drive from Dudley, near Mt. Olive. A crew of 30 people were at work just after dawn to raise the tents for the main event that began at 4:30 p.m. A second performance followed at 7:30 p.m.
 
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Teresa Flores cleans off seat cushions under the Big Top on Friday morning.
(Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)
“It’s controlled mayhem, like a bunch of ants building a colony, but everyone knows exactly what they’re doing,” Cole Bros. marketing director Bill Dundee said. “We have a ‘24-hour man’ who comes ahead of the caravan and maps out the entire circus grounds to determine exactly where the tent and each exhibit and vehicle will be assembled during our stay in town.”
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http://www.reflector.com/news/circus-comes-town-1913535

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