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Saturday, August 10, 2013

FROM BROOKE EVANS

James E. Strates Carnival Train on the Southern Tier - July 31, 2013
 


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Published on Aug 1, 2013
The James E. Strates Shows carnival train traveling westbound on its way from Middletown, NY, to Hamburg, NY. We followed them from Port Jervis all the way to Great Bend. Scenes included in this video are Lackawaxen, Narrowsburg, Callicoon, Hancock, Deposit, Susquehanna, and Great Bend. The train was pulled by a faded NS Dash 8 (one of only a few C40-8s still in service) and a Dash 9

ZIPPO'S CIRCUS

Zippo’s Circus: 2-4-1 ticket offer in Sheffield

 
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Zippo's Circus: Horsewoman Nicky de Neumann.
From:  thestar.co.uk
Augus
Roll up, roll up... Zippo’s Circus is in Sheffield next week and we’ve teamed up for a fabulous two-for-one ticket offer.
Zippo’s will be at Endcliffe Park, in Ecclesall Road, from Wednesday to the following Tuesday, August 14 to 20, 2013.
Highlights include Nicky de Neumann with her incredible performing horses, strongman Hercules, the Havana Troupe of flying acrobats, the award-winning Delbosq Clowns, the Globe of Death motorcycle team, aerial stars Jackie Louise and Chenoa, Zippos Corps de Ballet, and Norman Barrett MBE, often referred to as The World’s Greatest Ringmaster.
read more:
http://www.thestar.co.uk/what-s-on/out-about/zippo-s-circus-2-4-1-ticket-offer-in-sheffield-1-5940966
From Logan Jacot
Hi Dick,
Hope all is well.
 I was wondering if you could please post the follow ing on your blog? The show needs somebody ASAP. Thanks!
 
Everybody dreams of running away with the circus. Now is your chance too! The Lewis and Clark Circus is looking for one or two good people to work on the advance crew! You would travel two weeks ahead of the circus and put up posters and tickets. A valid driver license is required. Position starts immediately and runs thru the middle of November. 100% travel is required. Must be able to pass a drug test.
Email lccircus8@gmail.com for more information. Please include your phone number


Cole Brothers Circus kicks off in Mays Landing


from: nbc40.net (Atlantic City)
Posted By Marquis Lupton -
Aug 07, 2013
MAYS LANDING - The audience was in awe Wednesday night as the "World's Largest Circus Under The Big Top" makes its way back to South Jersey.

The "Cole Brothers Circus of The Stars" kicked off its series of shows Wednesday at the Atlantic City Race Course in Mays Landing. The show featured elephants, tigers, an aerial ballet, the human cannon ball, and of course clowns, and lots of them.

You can catch all the action under the "big top" at the Race Course in Mays Landing Thursday night and Friday night at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. From there, the circus moves to Seaville, and then to Rio Grande.
Past Animal Attacks at Fairs in Minnesota
 


The video above is from Wednesday's incident at the Dakota County Fair in Farmington.
from: kstp.com
By: Maricella Miranda
08/08/2013
A bull at the Dakota County Fair wasn't the first animal to get loose at a local fair.

Eight people were injured Wednesday at the Dakota County Fair in Farmington after the rodeo bull escaped. Click here to read more about the incident.

The following is a look back at other animal incidents reported at fairs in Minnesota.

2007 - Bull Loose at Minnesota State Fair

A 1,600-pound bull got loose at the Minnesota State Fair while its owner was moving the animal. The bull got spooked and ran off into the crowd.

The bull rammed a fire hydrant, hitting the soft spot on its head, which killed him instantly.

It was the bull's first year at the fair. The owner said it was the new surroundings that scared the animal.

2006 - Steer Tramples Teen at Kandiyohi County Fair

A 1,200-pound black Angus steer trampled a teenage boy at the Kandiyohi County Fair in Willmar. Cody Hinman, who was 15 at the time, was trampled by the steer while letting the animal out of its barn at the county fair. Cody's father eventually got control of the steer.

Cody suffered a concussion, blood on the brain, nerve damage and puncture wounds. The next day, Cody returned to the fair and won the Top Dairy Yearling trophy.

The steer returned home to the family's farm.

Cody said they planned to take the animal to the butcher.

2001 - Horse Loose at the Minnesota State Fair

A horse got loose at the Minnesota State Fair after the animal and two other horses were assaulted by a couple men. The men hit the horses while they were entering the Midway.

The assault spooked one of the patrol horses named Cash, which led to the horse rearing up and breaking away from her owner.

She bolted into the crowd. Eleven people suffered cuts and bruises to their ankles and elbows. Four were treated and released from the hospital.

The horse ran back to her barn. The horses later refused to leave their usual barn for baths.

C & M CIRCUS---

Culpepper and Merriweather Circus Draws in Great Crowds for Their 2 Performances in Ainsworth

 
Francis, their 11 year old lion, kept everyones attention when the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus entertained 881+ circus goers on Wednesday evening, July 31st. The circus, brought to town by the Ainsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, was well received by those attending. Lions, Tigers but no Bears, and a whole lot more kept the crowd entertained.
from:  ainsworthnews.com
07 August 2013

The Clowns were a crowd pleaser and kept smiles on the faces of those attending.
 
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During the breaks, the youngsters lined up to have their faces painted by circus personnel.
Culpepper and Merriweather Circus that came to town Wednesday, July 31st. The circus was sponsored by the Ainsworth Area Chamber of Commerce. Perfect weather accompanied the two performances that evening. These dogs entertained as they jumped through hoops, rolled the barrel and jumped over hurdles.

TUFFY NICHOLAS---

FROM: HAWAII

 
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GERRY COTTLE'S CIRCUS

World-famous circus ringmaster comes to Hunston

 
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Members of Gerry Cottle's circus Picture by Louise Adams C131102-1
From:  chichester.co.uk
August 9, 2013
CROWDS have the chance to see a master at work this week.
Gerry Cottle, the world famous performer, who ran away to join the circus when he was 15, brought his travelling show The Big Top to Hunston.
“It really is different. It’s for today’s audience,” he said before the first performance today (August 9).
“They can expect a very fast, funny show.”
The show features 50 different acts in 100 minutes, with a range of performers, from jugglers and African acrobats to a wheel of death.
During his time in Chichester, Mr Cottle was able to see a performance of Barnum at the Theatre in the Park.
“I saw Barnum. I know it’s got knocked in the press but it’s a lovely production.”
He described his travelling show as a ‘modern Barnum’, adding the celebrated performer was ‘always a showman’.
The Big Top’s first performance in Hunston was last Thursday, with several shows taking place until the last performance on Tuesday.
The performers have now headed to Southsea Common, where they will be performing shows until September 1.
After making a triumphant return to touring last year, following retirement in 2003, Mr Cottle said this year’s weather was the ‘opposite’ to last year’s wet weather.
“Never in my whole career have I seen so much rain and mud,” he said.
The performance is situated at Spring Field, in Hunston, off the B2145.
There are performances at 7.30pm tonight, 2pm and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, with performances at 3pm and 7.30pm on Monday and the final performance at 3pm on Tuesday.
For tickets and more information visit wowshow.co.uk
"Happiness Is" another day at the Fair!
 


Published on Aug 9, 2013
"Nothing Compares" to the Iowa State Fair.
Montgomery County readying for 65th annual fair
from: wla.com
By The Associated Press
August 8, 2013

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Read more: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/08/montgomery-county-readying-for-65th-annual-fair-

COASTER

Cedar Fair Attendance Flat in First Half of Year

 
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from:  abc22now.com
August 8 2013
Cedar Fair Attendance Flat in First Half of Year
SANDUSKY (AP) -- Amusement park operator Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. says attendance has been down just a bit in the first half of this year.
The company whose parks include Cedar Point and Kings Island in Ohio said Thursday that attendance was down less than 1 percent through June.
But the slight attendance drop has been offset by an increase in spending at its parks and at its hotels this summer.
The company with headquarters in Sandusky says it sold a record number of season passes for this year and that group sales also are up.
Cedar Fair owns more than a dozen amusement parks and water parks around the country, along with a handful of hotels.

COUNTY CORK, IRELAND---

Animal circus protest in Jungle City
 
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From: southernstar.ie
A peaceful protest was attended by approximately forty people on in Clonakilty last Sunday afternoon, as demonstrators held banners and distributed leaflets opposing the use of animal acts in circuses.

The protest took place at the entrance of Clonakilty Showgrounds where Courtney Brothers Circus was performing for two days, with acts which include both tigers and elephants.

The protest was particularly poignant, as Clonakilty made the news last year for the highly publicised Jungle City Exhibition, which ran for several weeks featuring life-sized sculptures of elephants and tigers, painted by local artists and children.

The exhibition was aimed at raising awareness of the increasing vulnerability of these endangered species and their natural habitat.

The protest was organised by ARAN (Animal Rights Action Network), whose reputation as a well respected and highly professional charitable organisation has grown over the years, largely thanks to the continued hard work and commitment of it's founder Mr John Carmody, and the dedication of its supporters. The organisation has provided much evidence of the suffering of circus animals, brought about largely by the stress of confinement and boredom, as they travel from town to town.

A local spokesperson for ARAN commented: ‘It is somewhat ironic to say the least, that Clonakilty businesses have benefited and continue to benefit from huge publicity generated by The Jungle City theme, and the animal sculptures which remain on display throughout the town, and draw in many tourists.

‘And yet the local Council saw fit to over rule the previous Mayor and local Councillor Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin, when he tried to implement a ban on animal circuses appearing n the town earlier this year. This can only damage Clonakilty’s reputation as a particularly forward thinking town, thanks largely to it being Ireland’s first Fair Trade Town, and it hosting an array of festivals each year including the Random Acts of Kindness Festival which took place just a few weeks ago.’

Councillor Ó Súilleabháin has promised to raise the issue again in September, when he very much hopes that the Town Council reconsider their previous decision and implement a ban on Animal Circus in Clonakilty.

MOSCOW CIRCUS

Moscow Circus lacks a presence abroad
from:  rbth.ru
Kim Palchikoff, special to RBTH
August 6, 2013
This summer, the U.S. hosted several big circus performances - from the New York-based Big Apple company, all the way to the Golden Dragon Acrobats of China. The only big top missing was that of the Moscow Circus.

 
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America likewise boasts a variety of circus shows. Source: AFP / East News
Back in the 90’s, the performing art of circus was extremely popular in the former Soviet. Some 70 permanent circus buildings were found in all major cities from Moscow to Vladivostok. Summer circuses, performed in tents, were also a big hit.

All kinds of circus shows could be found: traditional circus, all-female circus, animal circuses, ice circuses, water circuses, and even midget circuses for the tiny folks who did tiny tricks.

These days, America likewise boasts a variety of circus shows. Here in Washington DC, this year several circuses passed through the nation’s capital.
There was the Big Apple circus company, a New York-based company famous for its Big Apple and East Coast performances. It’s also known for its classical, one-ring shows and live music. Plus it boasts animals, a rarity these days in the world of red rings.
The Golden Dragon Acrobats From China also made an appearance this summer in Washington showing off their famous acrobatic feats and tumbling tricks. Don’t try to find any animals here. It’s the acrobatics that wow the audience.

Then came the UniverSoul Circus, known as the African-American soul version of the circus world. With hip-hop dancers, and a distinct soul feel to it all, their performances bring the African-American experience to the stage.

Of course, Canada’s traveling Cirque du Soleil show “Quidam” can’t be forgotten. WIth its new age choreography, an abundance of Russian performers, it’s hard to go wrong with this one.
read more:
http://rbth.ru/blogs/2013/08/06/moscow_circus_lacks_a_presence_abroad_28695.html

Friday, August 9, 2013



"Happiness Is" the first day of the Fair!
 


Published on Aug 8, 2013
"Nothing Compares" to Opening Day of the 2013 Iowa State Fair.

RINGLING BROS MARQUEE

FROM PAUL THARP


Here are three photos of RBBB ticket wagons. These were located where they would be seen with the marquee and thereby attract visitors to winter quarters. Gone are the days!
 
 
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LION MOTORDROME


~~~BACK IN THE DAY~~~
FROM:  RETRONAUT.COM
Lions in the Wall-of-Death
c.1920s-1960s




Ethel Purtle and "King"
 
 
 
 
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MORE LION MOTORDROME---

 
 
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CARSON & BARNES CIRCUS--STORM LAKE

Beyond the Big Top

 
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Hula-hooping phenom July Coronel performed in the Carson & Barnes Circus Tuesday in Storm Lake. / Photo by Dana Larsen
From:  stormlakepilottribune.com
By April Allen
August 8, 2013
Storm Lake, Iowa--Bright sparkled costumes, pulsing exotic music, and a pair of well-trained elephants filled the star-spangled big top of Carson and Barnes Circus on Tuesday evening. The Pilot-Tribune sat down with a few of the performers who work the show ring and literally live on the road, to fine out about modern-day circus life and what actually happens behind the scenes of the magical big-top world.

Nineteen year old July Coronel can sling 50 twirling hula hoops around her slight body with a subtle wiggle. How she does this? "Practice," she smiles, adding that the circus is in "her blood."

She describes a typical day of a circus performer. "I sell tickets 9-12 p.m. then I practice for a couple hours, then shower and eat and get ready for the show. You have to love the circus to keep up with the work," says Coronel.
Coronel's family not only works in the circus in the U.S., but her larger family from her native country, Peru, owns and operates a circus in South America. She says the main difference is in the U.S. the circus only sets up in towns for one or two days while in Peru the circus stays in one spot for two to three weeks at a time. The acts differ somewhat during the show as well.
read more:
http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/story/1992439.html

BIG E

 
 
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NEW AQUARIUM EXHIBIT

In National Aquarium’s Blacktip Reef exhibit, sharks swirl in a delicate underwater Gotham

 
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A look inside the National Aquarium's new Blacktip Reef
exhibition. Twenty young sharks are the stars of the Baltimore aquarium's $12.5 million exhibition whick creates an underwater ecosystem swirling around a man-made coral reef.
from: washingtonpost.com
By Lavanya Ramanathan
August 7, 2013
The 20 slick, mouse-gray blacktip reef sharks zipping through the waters at the National Aquarium look nothing like the bloodthirsty beasts of “Sharknado.” Two years old and only slightly longer than two feet, they’re toddlers — not much bigger than fat house cats.

Among sharks, these former residents of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef region are distinctive for their inky-tipped fins and tails. Last week, they arrived at their new home to play a unique role, one they will grow into over time: They are the stars of the Baltimore aquarium’s effort to re-create indoors an Indo-Pacific coral reef teeming with life.

Take a dive with Calypso, a three-flippered sea turtle getting used to a painstakingly re-created coral reef habitat at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Post video journalist AJ Chavar went into the deep.

In the new, permanent, $12.5 million, 13,500-square-foot Blacktip Reef exhibition, visitors will be able to watch these 11 female and nine male sharks mature. Over time, each will grow to as long as five feet. They will mate and, perhaps, bear pups of their own. Visitors can watch from high above, from just a few feet away from the water and through underwater windows as the sharks race dizzyingly close to more than 600 other fish. Cobalt-blue surgeonfish and dazzling diamondfish, among others, will glide around lumbering rays and become one with a “reef” that is, in fact, made of 3,000 pieces of painstakingly crafted man-made coral.
read more:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/in-national-aquariums-blacktip-reef-exhibit-sharks-find-an-uneasy-peace/2013/08/07/ac291fce-fa08-11e2-a369-d1954abcb7e3_story.html?wpisrc=nl_gogthu



Owner surprised to find puppy is hermaphrodite
A Florida woman took her new dog, Kennedy, to the vet for kennel cough and was told that her female puppy was actually a hermaphrodite.

LEBANON FAIR

Lebanon Area Fair: For many, it's all about the fare




Shot at a 0.6-second exposure, the Ferris wheel at the 2013 Lebanon Area Fair looks more like a fantastic pinwheel. The amusements are just one of the fair s attractions; many people come for the food. (Jeremy Long / Lebanon Daily News)
By JOEL SHANNON
For The Lebanon,PA Daily News
08/03/2013
Fair weather during fair week drew hungry crowds, leading many vendors at this year's Lebanon Area Fair to describe their sales in tons.
The four fair-run food venues - the outdoor and indoor eateries as well as Sunday's ham dinner and Thursday's chicken barbecue - sold an estimated five tons of meat. For perspective, that's the approximate weight of one of the large farm tractors on display at the fair.
French fry sales were equally staggering: The four tons of potatoes ordered for the week weigh approximately as much as six heifer cows. Or eight horses. Or the estimated weight of all poultry on display - multiplied by two.
Ice cream sales were also impressive. The 210 gallons ordered for the week could fill four bathtubs. And 200 servings would still be left over.
Many of the 13 independent food vendors on the midway reported a strong year as well.
 
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Phil Poorman, owner of Mr. Stickey's, works in his trailer at the Lebnaon Area Fair on August 1, 2013. LEBANON DAILY NEWS - JEREMY LONG
"Sales are up over last year," said Marcy Poorman of Mr. Sticky's sticky-bun stand. By Thursday, owner Phil Poorman estimated 3,000 of the treats had been sold.
Many veterans of the fair explained that this year's sales were exactly what they would expect from a sunny fair week.
After spending eight years at the Lebanon Area Fair, Quentin resident and owner of Friar's Fish and Chips stand Jeanne Ruiz claimed that weather and attractions are the keys to predicting food sales for a night.
Sunday's rain kept many fair-goers at home, and Wednesday's Tractor Pull and Elvis impersonator drew large crowds ready to try her sweet tea, fish and chips and specialty Scotch Egg.
read more:
http://www.ldnews.com/announcements/ci_23788347/lebanon-area-fair-many-its-all-about-fare

CARSON & BARNES CIRCUS PALOS HILLS

Circus coming to Palos Hills
Event will aid sexual assault victims

 
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Franchesca Cavallini, above photo, is a trapeze artist who also sings and will be a part of the Carson and Barnes Circus that will come to Palos Hills Aug. 19 and 20.
from:  thereporteronline.net
Written by Jeff Vorva
August 08, 2013
Franchesca Cavallini, above photo, is a trapeze artist who also sings and will be a part of the Carson and Barnes Circus that will come to Palos Hills Aug. 19 and 20.
There will be clowns
There will be high-flying trapeze artists.
There will be elephants and camels.
Heck, there will even be a pygmy hippopotamus scheduled to make an appearance.
The Carson and Barnes Circus will attempt to offer all sorts of fun activities for members of the family when it rolls into Palos Hills Aug. 19 and 20.
But it will offer some painful and somber reflections as well.
The Circus, which will take place on Sunny Creek Drive and South Roberts Road, will feature shows each night designed for the state of Illinois victims and survivors and their families of violence, rape, missing loved ones or murder.
A candlelight vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 19.
read more:
http://www.thereporteronline.net/newsx/local-news/65259-circus-coming-to-palos-hills
 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

new video #1

 
Peru Amateur Circus 2013



Lane Talburt
Published on Aug 7, 2013
Peru, Indiana, keeps its rich circus heritage alive with a show-stopping extravaganza built arount 250 youngsters. Almost one-tenth of its population (11,400) is involved in one way or another in this festive, week-long celebration.

JIMMY LYNCH DEATH DOGERS PART II






 
 
 

JIMMIE LYNCH WON FAME AS AN AUTOMOBILE STUNT DRIVER DOING THE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE. HE ALSO FINDS TIME TO SUPERVISE OPERATIONS ON HIS 2000 ACRE RANCH NEAR TEXARKANA TEXAS. PERCY THE CLOWN WHO MERRIMENT TO THE EXHIBITIONS. BOB MAYNARD AND AL GROSS ORIGINAL DEATH DODGERS
 
 
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