A Moscow circus clown at Jayco on Yass Rd, Queanbyean.
Photo: Rohan Thomson
Date April 26, 2013
Here’s one way to get around the ACT’s anti-billboard laws – put a ruddy great inflatable clown in someone’s backyard or business. Or put it up in Queanbeyan.
The Great Moscow Circus certainly made its presence felt in the national capital.
The circus’ general manager Greg Hall said they put up the clowns in around eight locations including people’s backyards and businesses in return for complimentary tickets to the circus.
“It’s part of the circus coming to town,” he said.
And it seems some homeowners don’t want to see them go after the circus leaves town after its last show on Sunday.
“People have little clown parties and the kids want to have photos with them. It’s been quite a little social event. We’ve had people as us if they can buy them,” Hall said.
Hall remembers one of the clowns was stolen when the circus was in Alice Springs. The theft was reported to police but to no avail and the circus had to move on without it. Two weeks later, the clown was located fully inflated on the Alice Springs golf course, complete with a note complaining about its working conditions.
“So someone had a sense of humour but then we had to pay to get it from Alice Springs to Broome,” he said.
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