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Saturday, March 22, 2014

WORLD CIRCUS DAY IN COMMING!!


 Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce Carson & Barnes Circus Special Thank You!

Executive Director of Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce, Sheila Thomas shares a ring side ride on the elephant during the second performance with Kismari Scott, the grand-daughter of Executive Assistant, Judy Scott. In the background Robin Parker shares a ride with her grandson, Kye and son, Dylan as well.
Thank you to all our local news media Houston County Courier, Houston County Life, the Grapeland Messenger and KIVY for your support in getting the word out to the community and the surrounding areas. The chamber appreciates all the “extras” you did to help spread the word about the event.

The Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank all the volunteers for making this year’s Carson & Barnes Circus a huge success. Without the help of our hardworking volunteers, it would not have been possible to achieve the success we had. Your help was greatly appreciated.

A big thank you goes out to Cutshaw Chevrolet, Inc., Houston County Electric Co-op, LOL Dental, Nicol Media Group and Sherwin-Williams for their help in sponsoring the Carson & Barnes Circus. Also, we want to thank Citizens National Bank, Crockett Bank, First Community Bank and Sherwin–Williams for their assistance with ticket sales.




Another big thank you goes out to all the local merchants and individuals who purchased pre-sale children’s tickets. For those who donated tickets back thank you for making it possible for many children to attend the circus.

Thank you!

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Circus Vargas performers dazzle Boys and Girls Club in Redland


Clown Alex Acero of Brazil entertains the kids at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Redlands’ Hansberger Clubhouse on Friday. Jennifer Cappuccio Maher — Staff Photographer
From:  sbsun.com
By Kristina Hernandez, Redlands Daily Facts
March 21, 2014
REDLANDS >> The circus came to town Friday afternoon, as performers from Circus Vargas put on a 15-minute showcase outside of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Redlands’ Hansberger Clubhouse.

Show host Jon Weiss, clown Alex Acero, juggler Jeremy Garcia, hand balancer Hayley Kent and master gaucho Hilario Cabral drew cheers on the basketball court.

“The kids were excited,” said Janice Jackson, a BGC site director. “They had been waiting for it all day.”

Circus Vargas’ “Magikaria!” is in the Inland Empire for performances this weekend in San Bernardino, and later in Ontario and Chino.

The “big top” is currently taking up residence off the 10 Freeway at Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino through Monday before moving on to Ontario Mills on March 27 through April 7, and later the Chino County Fairgrounds April 10-14.

“This was just a taste of the show. What you have seen is just a small portion and most performers have multiple skills,” said Weiss of Long Island, N.Y. “The circus is an American tradition. And it’s more than just a job because it becomes a lifestyle.”

For many Boys and Girls Club youth, Friday’s performance was the first time they had ever seen anything like it. It was a nice gesture on Vargas’ part to present an opportunity for them to see it locally, Jackson said, adding that who knows what avenues it could lead to in the future for BGC members.

“It was just exciting to see them experience it. Nice for them to get a taste of it,” she said. “We have a lot who could easily be part of that environment.”

To learn more about Circus Vargas, visit circusvargas.com.

To learn more about Boys and Girls Clubs of Redlands, visit begreatie.org.

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Circus faces action

FROM: Gulf Daily News, 
"The voice of Bahrain"
By MOHAMMED AL A'ALI 
March 22, 2014
LEGAL action could be taken against a travelling circus for abandoning six lions and two tigers in Bahrain.

Police patrols were yesterday stationed at a scrapyard in Salmabad to secure the cats, which were left behind by Troy International Circus.

Authorities initially planned to transport the animals to Al Areen Wildlife Park, following a four-hour rescue operation that started at 11pm on Thursday night.

However, logistical problems prevented them from carrying out the plans, but park officials told the GDN the animals were being closely monitored.

"The animals are in good condition and since they are circus animals they are used to cages," said Al Areen deputy general co-ordinator Dr Adel Al Awadhi.
read more:
http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=373202


Friday, March 21, 2014

Circus Vargas -DEC 23-UKG-ABSCBN



Published on Jan 6, 2014
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Published on Mar 17, 2014
Chance Rides is the maker of the original 24" gauge C.P. Huntington Train, replica of the original transcontinental railroad steam engine
The Piccadilly Circus is coming to Lone Star Arena Saturday.

Clowns
From:  yourstephenvilletx.com
E-T Saff Report
March 20, 2014 
f you and the family missed the Piccadilly Circus in February, there’s good news. This Saturday at Lone Star Arena the big show comes back to town with an all-new, one-and-one-half-hour show and three starting times to choose from.
According to ShowClix.com that handles ticket sales for Piccadilly Circus and the Lone Star Arena website, the shows start at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with doors opening approximately one hour earlier.
Pure family fun and a truckload of excitement are a sure thing, with the largest herd of performing camels, Incredible Illusionist Lucho, the funniest comedy, the Motorcycle Globe of Death, Cossack Horse Riders performing Trick Riding, Argentinean Poodle Review (winners of America's Got Talent,) Chinese Pole Acrobats, rides for the children, and of course, lots of cotton candy.
Here are the details:
Child: − General Admission: $10
Child − Ringside VIP: $15
Adult – Ringside VIP: $25
Adult – Buy one, get one free: $20 (Online purchase only: www.showclix.com/event/3802110)
Single Adult tickets will be available to purchase at the door for $20 per adult. Cash only. (ATM available onsite)
Additional information:
• Free children tickets are distributed through local businesses and schools on behalf of The Piccadilly Circus



Circus to visit Jacksonville, Havelock

Clowns clown around at the Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars in Jacksonville in 2012.
John Althouse/The Daily News
From: jdnews.com 
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.
read more: 
http://www.jdnews.com/features/maxmag-com/circus-to-visit-jacksonville-havelock-1.293381



20th Anniversary Show commercial



Published on Mar 21, 2014
Don't miss ALL the thrills of of 20th anniversary show! Now playing in a city near you! Visit us at www.universoulcircus.com
Circus Vargas: The Big One Is Back
From: CBS8.com
By Alicia Summers, Reporter
Feb 17, 2014

Shrine Circus features free preview party Tuesday


BOB ZELLAR/ Gazette Staff
KULR-8’s Katherine Macknight, left, and KTVQ’s Jason Laird, right will race elephants for the trophy held by Al Bedoo clown Lucky Seibert. Shrine Circus information and tickets are available at albedoo.org.
From: billingsgazette.com
By Jack Webb
March 20, 2014
Elephant races, hay-bale-sized cake to celebrate Bunny the elephant’s 45th birthday — it’s all part of the party on Tuesday at the Al Bedoo Shrine, 1125 Broadwater Ave.

The public is invited to take it all in, including the race, acrobats, clowns, ponies, popcorn and cotton candy. The free event is a preview of the 63rd annual circus in Billings. It kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when local TV personalities Katharine MacKnight from KULR-8 and Jason Laird from KTVQ will ride the elephants in the race.

The circus runs March 26-30. The Shrine Circus includes elephants, tigers, ponies, clowns, acrobats, poodles and aerialists all packed into a two-hour show.

The annual circus is the biggest fundraiser for the Al Bedoo Shrine Temple in Billings and helps to maintain the facility as a hub of community activity.

For the full schedule, go to www.albedoo.org.
Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/entertainment/community/shrine-circus-features-free-preview-party-tuesday/article_0939cb91-58ba-5004-bf74-a156360753c4.html#ixzz2wcLkVJuh


NEW WAGON FROM BROOKE EVANS--

BROOKE IS SELLING THE SIDE PANELS FOR THESE SO
YOU CAN BUILD ONE JUST LIKE IT!
the sides are thirty dollars unpainted and fifty painted plus five for postage
 thanks brooke




Circus Vargas Magikaria Extreme! 2014!



Published on Feb 28, 2014
CIRCUS VARGAS' MAGIKARIA EXTREME! Experience it Now!

Get ready for the ultimate entertainment extravaganza for ALL AGES!

Circus Vargas presents its most mind-blowing, highly anticipated spectacular ever! Join us, where the magic begins and the heart-pounding, death-defying action takes place! It's awe-inspiring 'Edge of your Seat' excitement, all under the big top...where imagination comes to life and the world is full of possibility and wonder!
(from circus vargas website)
International circus stars to perform in Leamington

from: leamingtoncourier.co.uk
March 20, 2014
Probably the most famous circus in the world, the Moscow State Circus is bringing its new show, Park Gorkogo - featuring a multitude of flying, back flipping, juggling, roller skating, whip-cracking, ladder balancing and revolving performers - to the Spa Centre in Leamington on Saturday (March 22) at 2pm and 7.30pm.


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Animal-rights protest held outside circus in Bluffton
from: islandpacket.com
BY DAN BURLEY
March 20, 2014



A circus performing Thursday in Bluffton had elephants, clowns, tiny cars, the world's biggest cannon, dozens of eager patrons -- and about 10 animal-rights protesters.

The demonstrators held signs and handed out pamphlets while standing near the entrance to the Cole Bros. Circus, a Florida-based traveling show that stopped at Buckwalter Place.

The group's members said they were not affiliated with an organization. The pamphlets they distributed was copyrighted by Animal Defenders International and included a donation form for the group
Read more here: http://www.islandpacket.com/2014/03/20/3013491/animal-rights-protest-held-outside.html#storylink=cpy

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Big Apple Circus: a sure sign of spring in Boston

John Kennedy Kane returns as ringmaster in Big Apple Circus Luminocity , opening March 25 in Boston (BERTRAND GUAY)
from: The Lowell Sun
By Nancye Tuttle
03/19/2014
BOSTON -- The Big Apple Circus' annual return is a sure sign of spring. And this year's Big Apple adventure takes place March 25 through May 11 under the famous big top in City Hall Plaza.

"Luminocity," an all-new Big Apple production, is set amidst the hubbub of Gotham, where a restless tide of humanity rushes through skyscrapers, pups perform amazing tricks and clowns cavort playfully.

Performers come from the U.S., Canada, Asia and Europe and include acrobats, jugglers, aerial artists and animal acts.

Set in a one-ring setting, with all seats close to the action, the Big Apple offers an intimate, fun-filled circus experience for all ages.

Tickets start at $20 at bigapplecircus.org or call 888-541-3750.


Miami-Dade County Youth Fair opens
From: local10.com
March 13, 2014


It's time for plenty of cotton candy, elephant ears and thrill rides: The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair and Exposition is up and running in west Miami-Dade.
The Fair™
The Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition (also known for generations as The Youth Fair) will celebrate its 63rd annual fair March 13-30, 2014.

Presented by KIA Motors of North America and Sedano's Supermarkets, The Youth Fair is ranked the largest fair in Florida.  In 2013, we hosted over 575,000 guests.  This adrenaline-filled eighteen day event includes over ninety heart pounding rides, two giant Kiddielands, outrageous Fair Foods, livestock and agricultural competitions, live concerts, blockbuster shows, a sensational European style circus and much, much more all within our 86 acre complex located in southwest Miami-Dade County. - See more at: http://www.thefair.me/thefair/fairinfo-about_us.php#sthash.vVyHvxuv.dpuf

Farm Animals: The Miami-Dade Youth Fair's Most Exotic Attraction

Show-Me Safari Petting Zoo brings animals from Missouri all the way to Miami.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN
From: wlrn.org
By JESSICA MESZAROS
THU MARCH 20, 2014
The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair opened its doors last Thursday, bringing back roller coasters, elephant ears and magic shows. But some of the attractions are not what we typically see in Miami.

Show-Me Safari Petting Zoo brings its animals to South Florida once a year for the Youth Fair -- all the way from East Prairie, Missouri.

Nathan Tidwell is the animals' caregiver. He's traveled with them to Miami for many years.

"Kids can come in and pet ‘em and feed ‘em," says Tidwell. "Animals that they wouldn't get to see on a everyday basis."

Tidwell says all of the animals come from Missouri, and not one of them is local. 

"Oh, you don't see this around town at all," says Sheri Virok, manager at University of Miami's benefits office. 

She brought her family to the petting zoo because she says, "From Miami, you see dogs and cats. That's it."

Mailenys Fuentes is a biology student at Florida International University.

"I came from Cuba when I was a little girl," she says. "I've always been around animals, so I think that it's wonderful that they always come."

Llamas, cows, alpacas, a tortoise, goats, pigs and even a Zedonk -- half zebra, half donkey -- all await their carrot treats from South Floridians.

But across from the petting zoo is the World of Agriculture Exhibit, where Miami's students enter their small animals to compete. Carol Douglass has been the competition director for 19 years. She says locals enter poultry and rabbits in the competitions.

"We're more of an urban city than anything else," she says. "What you'll get here is more fruits and vegetables and you'll get plants. That kind of thing."

Douglass says animals like steers, swine and open cattle are not from around here.

"The animals start from like [Lake] Okeechobee and go north," says Douglass.
Listen at:
http://wlrn.org/post/farm-animals-miami-dade-youth-fairs-most-exotic-attraction



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Circus cancels 4 p.m. performance Wednesday


BY STAFF REPORTS
from:  thestate.com
March 18, 2014 
The Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars has canceled its 4 p.m. show for Wednesday because it can't pitch the big top in soggy soil, according to marketing director Tom Renesto .

Its 7:30 p.m. performance Wednesday is tentative. Performances at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday remain on schedule, he said.

Tickets purchased for the canceled show can be exchanged or refunded at the performance site at 25 Innovation Drive at Buckwalter Place in Bluffton.


Circus Vargas raises ‘the Big Top’ in San Bernardino


Circus Vargas is coming to the Inland Empire. 
Courtesy Photo — Circus Vargas
from: sbsun.com
By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
POSTED: 03/17/14, 
SAN BERNARDINO >> The circus is coming to town Thursday, but the show starts Tuesday.

For seven hours, a 20-person crew from circus Vargas crew will be “raising the big top,” of what they say is one of the largest such tents in the United States.

Tens of thousands of square feet of canvas fabric, dozens of poles, hundreds of stakes and miles of rope and cable are placed in a show that organizers say is worth watching on its own.

The circus has performances on Waterman Avenue just off the 10 Freeway from Thursday to Monday.

“The big top really is the star of the show. It’s where the magic happens,” said Nelson Quiroga, CEO of Circus Vargas, in a news release. “Everyone should experience the circus, as it was meant to be, under the Big Top!”

The best time to watch the raising of the tent is from 3 to 5 p.m., according to spokeswoman Nicole Olney.

The circus goes to the Ontario Mills Mall where its first performance will be March 27 and then to Chino on April 10.



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The circus is coming to town


Courtesy of: Yankee Doodle Circus 
Li Li is a member of the Wu Yangdong Acrobatic Troupe from China. Her incredible acrobatic agility includes squeezing herself into a small barrel less than 24 inches wide.
from: wareham-ma.villagesoup.com
Mar 18, 2014
The world-renowned Yankee Doodle Circus is making a stop in town next Saturday to dazzle audiences of all ages with their particular brand of physical feats.

The showcase of the circus is the brand new act, the Wu Yangdong Acrobatic Troupe. Hailing all the way from China, these acrobats will present their spell-binding balancing skills in the all-new edition of Mike Naughton's Yankees Doodle Circus.

The Wareham High School Class of 2015 is hosting the circus on Saturday, March 29 as a family-friendly fund raising event.

Free tickets for children are available with purchase of an advance sale adult ticket. Adult tickets are $14.95 and can be reserved online at GetCircusTickets.com.

There will be three performances at the high school on Saturday at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.


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Students get sneak peek at Circa circus show
AUSTRALIAN GROUP TO PERFORM TONIGHT AT MYRNA LOY CENTER


Eliza Wiley Independent Record - From left, Circa performers Kimberley Rossi, Nathan Boyle and Brittannie Portelli battle the clock in ‘46 Acts in 45 Minutes’ on Monday at Helena Middle School. The acrobats bend, fly, juggle and balance at a fast and furious pace in such disciplines as aerial acrobatics, hand balancing, contortion and clowning around. Circa performs tonight at the Myrna Loy Center.
From: helenair.com
By JULIE BAUGHMAN Independent Record
March 18, 2014 •  
The auditorium at Helena Middle School was abuzz with “oohs” and “ahs” from third-, fourth- and fifth-graders Monday afternoon.

Lights flashed, music played and the children squealed with delight as four acrobats from the Australian circus group Circa performed “46 Acts in 45 Minutes” for the crowd.

The group will perform at the Myrna Loy Center tonight at 7:30 p.m., but had two special events for the elementary schoolers Monday as part of an ongoing partnership between the center and the schools.

“It was originally part of an Arts Plus program, and when that kind of faded away we didn’t want to let go of the partnership,” said Lona Carter-Scanlon, principal of Jefferson Elementary and K-5 fine and performance art liaison for Helena schools.

Eliza Wiley Independent Record - With 42 minutes, 8 seconds left in the 45-minute performance, Kimberley Rossi spins three hula-hoops at once.

“The relevance of it is to give kids live performances and show them that art isn’t just drawing or painting,” she said.

Carter-Scanlon said she works with Myrna Loy Center to pick two shows each year, one for kindergartners and first- and second-graders and another for the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders.

“We’ve never had a circus before,” she said. “I have to say, this was some of the most enthusiastic crowds I’ve ever seen.

“It was just silly and fun and quick and always had them guessing what would come next,” she said.

Eliza Wiley Independent Record - Kimberley Rossi does a back walkover through a hula-hoop held by Brittannie Portelli.

Carter-Scanlon said she works with Myrna Loy Center to pick two shows each year, one for kindergartners and first- and second-graders and another for the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders.

“We’ve never had a circus before,” she said. “I have to say, this was some of the most enthusiastic crowds I’ve ever seen.

“It was just silly and fun and quick and always had them guessing what would come next,” she said.

Acts like the “Irish Jig” had the auditorium roaring with laugher as performer Nathan Boyle danced across a sheet of bubble wrap, while others like “Energizer Bunny” solicited gasps as Brittannie Portelli flipped and flew across the stage in a stunning display of acrobatics.

Brooke Walker and Dani Stinson, both fifth-graders at Rossiter Elementary, said they thoroughly enjoyed the show.

Brooke was so impressed she was unable to choose a favorite act, instead citing “all of it” as her favorite part.

READ MORE---
http://helenair.com/news/local/students-get-sneak-peek-at-circa-circus-show/article_87c695ae-ae5c-11e3-8e72-0019bb2963f4.html



Luminocity comes to Boston



The Big Apple Circus visits Boston from March 25 to May 11 at City Hall Plaza. Get your tickets today!For more information, please visit us at http://www.BigAppleCircus.orgConnect with us!Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bigapplecircusTwitter: http://twitter.com/bigapple_circus
Ashley Judd Shares Her Love of County Fairs, Chocolate Donuts With Jimmy Kimmel


Ashley Judd arrives at the LA premiere of "Olympus Has Fallen" at the ArcLight Theatre on Monday, March 18, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
From:  hollywoodreporter.com
by Debbie Emery
3/18/2014 
Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
The "Divergent" star dished on her favorite fairgrounds attractions, beloved basketball team and, most of all, her biggest food obsessions on set.

Ashley Judd appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday to share her excitement about everything from food, Zumba, county fairs, college basketball -- and all the way back to food again.

'Divergent' Star Shailene Woodley Wasn't Intimidated to Play Beloved Character (Video)
After Jimmy Kimmel had been complaining all week about how much he ate in Austin during SXSW, Ashley revealed that she spends as much time planning her food on a film set as she does her role. To stave off the calories, she takes Zumba dance classes.

"It is all about shaking your butt -- it's dancing and embarrassingly old-school aerobics," Judd said, adding that she took up the exotic class to cross train her brain, but then realized: "I just like to wiggle."
When Kimmel next flashed up a photo of Ashley feeding some pigs, she proudly revealed that it was at "the Wilson County Fair -- that's the biggest fair in Tennessee."
read more---
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ashley-judd-shares-her-love-689545


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Published on Mar 11, 2014
FOURTH AVENUE FAIR

from: fourthavenue.org
by Erika Mitnik-White
March 18, 2014 
foto
view of the Fourth Avenue Street Fair. Photo courtesy of Mike Christopher Photography

Tucson, AZ--For over 44 years, the Fourth Avenue Street Fair has been taking local to the streets.  The spring fair will be happening this weekend, Friday March 21st -  Sunday March 23rd from 10:00.am – 4:00 p.m. along 4th Avenue between University and 9th street. The fair brings together 400+ arts/crafts booths, 35+ food vendors, entertainment stages, street performers, kids’ art area, and more.

“We just wish we had more space so we could include even more vendors,” says Kurt Tallis, Marketing Events Director for the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association.  “Every year we have to turn hundreds of vendors away.”  The fair also supports several nonprofits including Ben’s Bells, Tucson Children’s Museum, KXCI and several more in addition to the nearby neighborhood associations.

The Fourth Avenue Street Fair began in 1970 when Fourth Avenue merchants put tables in front of their stores to attract customers before the holidays. Today it has become one of the premier street fairs in the nation, drawing crowds of 200,000 to 350,000. “People look forward to the fairs every year,” says Kurt. “It marks the rite of passage from winter into spring. The great thing about the festival is that it is a shared community experience.”

The Fourth Avenue Merchants Association (FAMA) organizes and manages the fair twice a year in both the spring and the winter. FAMA is the nonprofit organization dedicated to growth and development of the businesses and communities in the Fourth Avenue area.  The Street Fair brings in thousands of dollars in city taxes, even more in local business income and provides the revenue FAMA uses to help maintain Fourth Avenue throughout the year. Trees along Fourth Avenue, the benches, the trash cans, the sidewalk cleaning, extra security, planters and flowers and Winsett Performance Stage maintenance and much more, are all paid for by FAMA. “The Fourth Avenue area is a unique destination space that is an important economic driver for Tucson,” says Kurt. “It serves as both an invaluable resource for local residents and an enormous draw for tourists. It’s an area people seek out when they visit our city.”

There are close to one hundred locally owned, independent businesses in the Fourth Avenue Shopping District including Local First AZ members Antigone Books, Cafe Passe, The Hopyard, The Book Stop, Barb’s Frame of Mind, Tucson Thrift, Rustic Candle Company, Sea of Glass, United Fire Equipment, Che’s Lounge, Food Conspiracy Co-op, Pop-Cycle, Caruso’s Italian Restaurant, Chocolate Iguana and Delectables Restaurant & Catering. Kurt encourages everyone to come down enjoys the fair, but wants to remind people to please leave their pets at home. “With the crowds, it’s not a safe space for pets.  We all love animals at FAMA and we hate to see it when they get hurt at the fair.  For the safety of your animals, please leave them at home while you are enjoying the fair.”

Circus Krone 2014 Premiere 1. Winterspielzeit am 25.12.2013


Published on Dec 25, 2013
Circus Krone 2014 1 Premiere Winter season at 12.25.2013. Traditionally, starts the winter season of tradition Circus Krone in Munich his headquarters at the Mars Street on the evening of 1 Christmas Day, the 95th already times this winter. Photos and Video http://www.ganz-muenchen.de/freizeitf ...
Circus is fun for kids of all ages


Kazia Conway | Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 
Kelly Miller Circus brought an American treasure and seemingly forgotten about pastime to Marlin on March 13. Acts wowed a filled tent with death defying trapeze stunts and fire breathing.
Spectators had the option of attending an early show at 4:30 p.m. or a late show at 7:30 p.m. Audiences were treated to numerous performances including tigers, contortionists and a clown named J.P. Ballhoo.
One of the more suspenseful moments of the show was Fridmen Torales. Torales stacked six chairs on top of each other and climbed to the top of the tent to retrieve a balloon for a little boy whose balloon was popped as part of an intro to his stunt. The crowd was on pins and needles as Torales went up and then down.
More suspense followed Torales’ act in the second half of the show when tightrope walker Fletcher Romeo attempted a somersault on the wire and failed. Romeo may have been hurt from the first attempt, but it may have been part of the show because he took the shiny strand again and nailed it.
A circus isn’t a circus unless it has a trapeze performance. Rebecca Ostroff showed the crowd the strength of her teeth as she twirled above holding onto her trapeze bar with nothing else.
In one of the more endearing acts, Armando Loyal showcased the intelligence of the world’s largest land animal, the elephant. In his act the crowed watched as elephants sat down like humans, went to sleep and struck a pose.
At the climax of the show was a fire-wielding, fire-breathing wonder of a man Lamount or, as the announcer referred to him, The Human Volcano. Show-goers were treated to a spectacular display of showmanship from dancing to twirling as he continuously flung fire around his head and legs. The audience roared as he poured lighter fluid into his mouth and blew a fireball out of his mouth.
For the rest of the story, see this week's Democrat
From:
http://www.marlindemocrat.com/news/article_7ea4b08c-ae07-11e3-a1e6-001a4bcf887a.html?mode=print


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Carson & Barnes Circus in Gilmer, Texas - March 17, 2014


From: Gilmer Mirror
Published on Mar 18, 2014
Gilmer Fire Department members wash the elephants a few hours before the Carson & Barnes Circus performs at the Gilmer Civic Center.
Circus coming to Palestine on Wednesday
Staff Reports
Palestine Herald-Press
March 18, 2014
PALESTINE — The “Biggest Big Top on Earth” will come to Palestine for two shows on Wednesday, March 19.
The Carson & Barnes Circus will present two shows at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Palestine Mall parking lot, located at 2000 S. Loop 256. This show is sponsored by the City of Palestine Parks & Recreation Department.
See more at: http://www.palestineherald.com/local/x334202576/Circus-coming-to-Palestine-on-Wednesday#sthash.Kvs0nqng.dpuf

Under The Big Top
from: theparisnews.com
March 17, 2014
PARIS, TEXAS---

Sam Craft
Fun all around
Clowns and performers sing and dance Friday during the opening act of the Carson & Barnes Circus at the Lamar County Fairgrounds.



Sam Craft
Impossibly effortless
A performer balances on one leg while hula hooping Friday at the Lamar County Fairgrounds as part of the annual Carson & Barnes Circus.


Sam Craft
Taking a ride on the wild side
Ella Mae Grace King, front, holds on tight Friday during an elephant ride at the Lamar County Fairgrounds with Justus King, center, and Christy King as part of the annual Carson & Barnes Circus


Palm Bay Fair Will Thrill Brevard March 20-30



Carla Wallenda and The Torres Family Circus will entertain for the 11 days at the Palm Bay Fair, set for March 20-30, 2014. If you love fun thrill rides, delicious fair foods, fun games and live entertainment, then DON'T MISS THE PALM BAY FAIR, set to run for 11 fun-filled days on the impressive grounds of Space Coast Harley Davidson March 20- 30. More than 100 popular thrill rides, shows and games will be enjoyed by guests to the Palm Bay Spring Fair.

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http://spacecoastdaily.com/2014/03/palm-bay-fair-will-thrill-brevard-march-20-30/
Torres Family Circus Globe of Death Will Shock, Thrill You
By Space Coast Daily
March 18, 2014



ABOVE VIDEO: The Torres Family Circus – This one ring circus is fun for the entire family and features aerial acts, juggling and balancing acts, circus clowns, a living carousel and the motorcycle Globe of Death.

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – The Torres Family Circus will entertain you for the 11 days at the Palm Bay Fair, set for March 20-30 on the sprawling grounds of Space Coast Harley Davidson, right next door to the Bass Pro Shop.

If you love fun, thrill rides, delicious fair foods, fun games and live entertainment, then DON’T MISS THE PALM BAY FAIR.

More than 100 popular thrill rides, shows and games will be enjoyed by guests to the Palm Bay Fair.
Circus of Horrors celebrates 18 years with their latest tour, London After Midnight


Circus of Horrors sword swallower
From: stokesentinel.co.uk
By Leah Cassady
March 17, 2014
The Circus of Horrors has been in business since they first took to the stage at Glastonbury Festival in 1995 and are currently touring with their ‘London After Midnight’ show, based on the film.

They burst into everyone’s living rooms when they got through to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2011 and have continued their popularity since. Their latest show is set in plague-ridden London 1665 with a few murders and ending with the Great Fire of London in 1666.

I saw the show at Stoke-on-Trent's Victoria Hall and noted that they have a new band, The Interceptors from Hell, with the drummer coming from Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. They were good and it certainly added to the atmosphere but I have to admit that I wasn’t a fan of Dr Haze’s singing.

The show includes a variety of acts, from famous sword swallowers, incredible balancing acts, knife throwers, aerial acts, women hanging from their hair, twisted contortionists and of course the infamous Captain Dan accompanied by his Henry Hoover.

Circus of Horrors 2013



I actually loved the camp Count Dracula. To begin with when I spotted him taking pictures with guests who were arriving I wasn’t sure what to make of him, but he quickly became my favourite as he appeared on stage and helped out, bringing a bit of comedy to the show.

Overall it did remind me of a circus show but of course with an adult twist, as there was a bit of nudity, song language and a sinister theme. The acts can shock so anyone below 16 is advised to be accompanied by an adult.

They continue touring with shows most days until Tuesday 25th March 2014 when it ends in Weymouth but you can expect to see them at a few summer festivals like The Alt-Festival in August. For more information or to book tickets visit their website.
Read more: http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Circus-Horrors-celebrates-18-years-latest-tour/story-20818972-detail/story.html#ixzz2wKkQiQbJ
Circus Vargas raises ‘the Big Top’ in San Bernardino


Circus Vargas is coming to the Inland Empire. Courtesy Photo — Circus Vargas
From: sbsun.com
By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
03/17/14
SAN BERNARDINO >> The circus is coming to town Thursday, but the show starts Tuesday.

For seven hours, a 20-person crew from circus Vargas crew will be “raising the big top,” of what they say is one of the largest such tents in the United States.

Tens of thousands of square feet of canvas fabric, dozens of poles, hundreds of stakes and miles of rope and cable are placed in a show that organizers say is worth watching on its own.

The circus has performances on Waterman Avenue just off the 10 Freeway from Thursday to Monday.

“The big top really is the star of the show. It’s where the magic happens,” said Nelson Quiroga, CEO of Circus Vargas, in a news release. “Everyone should experience the circus, as it was meant to be, under the Big Top!”

The best time to watch the raising of the tent is from 3 to 5 p.m., according to spokeswoman Nicole Olney.

The circus goes to the Ontario Mills Mall where its first performance will be March 27 and then to Chino on April 10.


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Circus planned for Tuesday
March 14, 2014
From: The Leader Herald.com
            
FONDA - The Fonda-Fultonville Central School District class of 2016 will bring the Yankee Doodle Circus to Fonda-Fultonville High School on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the high school gym.

Presale tickets are available at the high school office through Monday.

The presale ticket price is $14.75 for an adult ticket, which includes two complimentary child tickets. Tickets purchased at the door will cost $18 for adults and $6 for each child age 14 or younger.






The Circus comes to town!

The Chinese Wu Yandong Acrobatic Troupe will present their balancing skills.
 Photo from Margaret Naughton
from: Times of Smithtown, NY
January 29, 2014 
The Kings Park High School Varsity Club is hosting the Yankee Doodle Circus on Friday, Jan. 31.


Family-run WA circus banned by Perth councils


Joseph Ashton said his circus puts on a good family show, with no swearing or nudity, and doesn't understand why some Perth councils are trying to stop them.
from:  watoday.com.au
by Chenee Marrapodi Journalist
March 17, 2014
Joseph Ashton said his circus puts on a good family show, with no swearing or nudity, and doesn't understand why some Perth councils are trying to stop them.
Some councils across Perth have banned what should be a fun and affordable night out for local families by preventing a WA family-run circus to perform.
Fremantle, Mosman Park and Cambridge are some of the councils that have policies preventing animal acts from being performed on council-owned property in the interest of animal welfare.
Joseph Ashton, owner of Circus Joseph Ashton, said councils have taken the side of animal activists without inspecting the circus for themselves.

There are 16 horses (including miniatures and ponies) and five dogs that perform in Circus Joseph Ashton.
"If you're worried about the animals come down and look at them in the paddocks. There's no way you can hide things in the circus - we're open 24/7," Mr Ashton said.
Mr Ashton said his circus puts on a good family show, with no swearing or nudity, and doesn't understand why councils are trying to stop them.
"It's certainly safer than the TV or opening up something on the internet as far as children are concerned and we know that. In saying that there's people out there that want us wiped of the face of the earth" he said.
Mayor for the Town of Mosman Park Ron Norris said he has not had any applications for circuses for a long time.
"The policy is relatively old but it does reflect community values, in that circuses involving animals – particularly caged animals – were way out of date and just not appropriate for modern times." Mr Norris said.
The Ashton's keep their animals in paddocks at each location, with what Mr Ashton said is ample space for them to move.
Despite the Town of Mosman Park's policy stating "all applications for circuses using performing animal acts to use Council facilities be rejected", Mr Norris said the policy works on a case-by-case basis.
Read more: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/familyrun-wa-circus-banned-by-perth-councils-20140314-34s0d.html#ixzz2wFj4nyMr




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