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Thursday, May 2, 2013

HANNEFORD IN ELMIRA

Circus delights crowds at First Arena

 
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Clowns perform for the audience Wednesday during a performance of the Kalurah Shriners Royal Hanneford Circus at the First Arena in Elmira.

from: stargazette.com
Written by Staff report@stargazette
May 1, 2013
High-flying trapeze artists, clowns, trained animals, jugglers and other performers delighted the audience with their antics Wednesday when the Kalurah Shriners Royal Hanneford Circus visited the First Arena in Elmira.
The circus gave afternoon and evening performances Wednesday.


Jeff Murray / Staff Photo
Dancers perform during Wednesday's appearance of the Kalurah Shriners Royal Hanneford Circus at the First Arena.

The performance featured motorcycle performers who roared across wires high above the crowd, dogs that danced, leaped and jumped over hurdles, a contortionist who fit himself into a small glass tank, a juggler who handled flaming torches and numerous other performers.
The Hanneford family can trace its circus roots back more than two centuries to Edwin Hanneford, a foot juggler who performed on London street corners and at fairs, according to the circus website.
Among the honors bestowed on Edwin was a summons to perform before King George III in 1778, in a contest to determine who was the best juggler in England.
The Hanneford family first toured as a troupe in 1807. All successive generations of Hannefords performed in some capacity, and by 1903, the family had its own show.

Jeff Murray / Staff Photo
A member of the Kalurah Shriners Royal Hanneford Circus performs with Hula hoops during Wednesday's show at the First Arena.

These days, the circus has three complete performing units that tour all over the United States.
The group that performed in Elmira will next be at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton for performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Jeff Murray / Staff Photo
A contortionist twists his body during a performance Wednesday of the Kalurah Shriners Royal Hanneford Circus at First Arena in Elmira.
 
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Children ride on a special train prior to the start of the Kalurah Shriners Royal Hanneford Circus on Wednesday at the First Arena.

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