Circus to visit Jacksonville, Havelock
Clowns clown around at the Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars in Jacksonville in 2012.
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By KATIE HANSEN - Daily News Staff
March 20, 2014
There’s magic underneath the big top of Cole Brothers Circus, as well as an opportunity to help a good cause.
“An old show man once said to me, ‘It’s like becoming a kid again,’” Cole Bros. Circus Ringmaster and Performance Director Chris Connors said of both watching and performing in a circus.
The Cole Bros. Circus, the world’s largest tented circus, comes to town starting April 4, with performances at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. April 4; and at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. April 5 and 6 at the Onslow County Fairgrounds located at 146 Broadhurst Road, and in Havelock City Park at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. April 7, 8 and 9. A portion of the proceeds for the shows in Jacksonville benefit the Onslow Shrine Club, and the Havelock shows benefit a Veterans of Foreign Wars post.
Advance tickets cost $16 for adult general admission, and $4 more for reserved seats. VIP seats are available for $7 more. Free tickets for kids 12 and under can be found at GoToTheCircus.com.
This year marks the 130th anniversary of Cole Bros. Circus.
William Washington Cole began the circus in 1884 and, according to Bill Carter, senior marketing director for Cole Bros. Circus, it is now the longest continuously running tented circus.