The Kelly Miller Circus will return to the Greene County Fairgrounds on May 28 with shows at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. The circus, which will feature a wide array of entertainment including elephants, lions, clowns, trapeze artists and much more, will serve as a fundraiser for the Greene County Historical Society.
By Dave Zuchowski, for the Greene County Messenger
May 24, 2013
WAYNESBURG – Lions, elephants, camels, clowns, aerial acrobats, trapeze artists, jugglers and more will caravan into Waynesburg next week for a one-day show under the big top on May 28 at the Greene County Fairgrounds.
They are part of the Kelly Miller Circus, now making their fifth consecutive annual Greene County visit that serves as a fundraiser for the Greene County Historical Society.
“It’s very rare for the Kelly Miller Circus to return to the same venue multiple times, but they like coming to Waynesburg because there’s usually a good turnout for their show here,” said Eben Williams, historical society administrator. “One of our board members, Reverend Donald Wilson, knows some of the people in the circus and encourages them to come to town once a year.”
Rev. Donald Wilson has been a life-long circus fan. So much so, his family gave him a lifetime membership to the Circus Fans of America as a gift a few years ago.
I was introduced to the circus many years ago while I was pastor of a church in West Middlesex, Mercer County,” he said. “I brought them in to raise money for scholarships awarded to students through the local Kiwanis Club.”
When Rev. Wilson moved to Greene County ten years ago, he booked the circus for a youth program at the First Baptist Church of Waynesburg. After their successful performance, he suggested they return on a larger scale at the fairgrounds as a fundraiser for the historical society.
“The fairgrounds have been an ideal venue, and I can’t thank the county commissioners enough for their help and support,” he said.