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Saturday, August 24, 2013

WHIRLING BROS CIRCUS

Kids enjoy circus in Marion

 
Performers demonstrate horse tricks during the opening act of the Whirling Bros. Circus at the Williamson County Fairgrounds in Marion on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. The traveling circus performed two shows Friday. (Adam Testa / The Southern)
From: thesouthern.com
BY SCOTT FITZGERALD THE SOUTHERN
August 24, 2013
MARION,IL — It was a night of firsts for Raegan Cook, 3, and her friend Emma Kronsbein, 4, before the Whirling Circus initial performance Friday at Williamson County Fairgrounds.
The Marion girls got to ride their first animals, ponies, followed by rides on Joe the Camel. And it was their first circus they’d attended.
“They have been talking about it for days. They are so excited about it,” said Emma’s mother Amanda Kronsbein.
When asked which animal was more fun to ride, Cook said “all of them” were fun to ride.
“I wish we could feed them,” she said.
Her mother, Fallon Jackson, was excited watching her daughter have fun.
“This is great this circus was brought to Southern Illinois. This is so much fun for them,” Jackson said about the two little girls.
 
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Phillip Barineau of Whirling Bros. Circus shows some affection to Joe the camel before the circus' performance Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at the Williamson County Fairgrounds in Marion. Six full-size camels were used as part of the show. Barineau is part of the crew that cares for the animals. (Adam Testa / The Southern)
Eleven-year-old Joe the Camel was one of six camels scheduled to perform in the show that included acrobatics, motorcycle jumpers, clowns, trampoline performances and a variety of other show animals including horses, llamas, sheep and a tiger named Rain described as “a good cat,” by circus helper Phillip Barineau.
Barineau said there were eight camels total traveling in the current Whirling Circus circuit.
“They (camels) are the first ones to get loaded and the first ones to get unloaded,” Barineau said.
James Legros Jr. of New Hampshire, who has public relations responsibilities for the Whirling Circus in addition to handling sounds and lights for the performances, described a grueling travel schedule of arriving at a particular location, setting up, performing two shows and departing within 12 to 24 hours.
“You get to sleep for a few hours. It’s a crazy lifestyle,” he said about being part of a traveling circus. “The whole production thing has got me. Seeing people smile is really cool.”

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