THIS BLOG IS DEDICATED TO MY TWIN BROTHER, BILL DYKES (1943-1995). WE WERE NOT ONLY BROTHERS BUT PARTNERS IN BUSINESS AND BEST FRIENDS!AND TO ALL THE "BUTCHERS" THAT HAVE PASSED ON TO THE BIG LOT IN THE SKY!
Maribel Precido spins around on a swinging ladder during the showgirls performance at the circus Wednesday night. The Cole Brothers Circus is the oldest and largest running circus under the big top. Running since 1884, the show appears in 110 cities in 25 states. The show continues tonight with two performances at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and then will move on to Jackson this weekend. None / Lindsey Key
Journal photo/ Sandor BodoClown Thomas LeMoine, of Orlando, Fla., performs with Circus Vidbel this week in downtown Providence. The circus, which includes aerialists, jugglers, horses and unicyclists, offers shows at 5 and 7:30 p.m. tonight, tomorrow and Thursday at the Bank of America Skating Center. Tickets, $10, can be purchased at the skating center or by calling (401) 331-5544. Donations to the R.I. Community Food Bank are welcome. From the Providence Journal, September 30, 2008.
The following pictures were taken by Fred Hoffman.
I never got to see Toby Tyler Show since when they were in our neck of the woods we were busy with our own dates. But I do remember seeing their equipment alongside the roads many times. Dickie Garden was the Producer and owner and you all know the rest of the story!
As many of you have probably noticed most of the pictures I've been posting are primarily of equipment. The reason being is that Bill was a model builder and of course we were concessionaires so our main focus was on equipment. I would love to post more pictures of acts , not only of my friends, but everyone. So I would love it if you could send or e-mail pictures of performers especially the people that we worked with. I'll see that you get the proper credit and would appreciated it also! Thanks, Dick