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!
January 17, 2010 6:00 PM St Pete Times Forum, Tampa Ticket Prices: $22.50, $24.50 & $29.50 The “World Famous” Lipizzaner Stallions proudly presents their 40th anniversary presentation of the “Dancing White Stallions”! Over the years, more than twenty-six million people throughoutNorth and South America, Europe, Australia and Hawaii have seen this internationally acclaimed spectacle. The Lipizzaner Stallion has galloped boldly out of the pages of over 425 years of history and are now preserved as an equestrian work of art, performing a unique equine ballet that has no rival. Harkening back to a time when the horse was a symbol of grace and majesty, the Lipizzaner Stallions are truly a great experience to be enjoyed by the entire family!
Very Sad News about an already sad situation.Doris, one of the Golden Carlos Twins was killed in an auto accident last month. While her sister Karen was driving, Doris' passenger dooropened and while attempting to reach and close the door she was pulled from vehicle. The Golden Carlos Twins were a top act in their day, notably Circus Vargas and several major Shrine dates here in the USA.Unfortunately in recent years they have worked as street performers and passing the hat.The youtube link shows the twins performing outside a restaurant.
Showfolks of Sarasota has set up a fund to accept donations for Karen. La Norma Fox has been a very close friend of the twins and will be assisted by Aureila Nock in collecting and documenting the donations. If you would like to assist, please send your donation, payable to Showfolks of Sarasota (please indicate "Carlos Twins Fund") and send to:PO Box 1476, Sarasota, Florida 34230. Online donations can be made at showfolksclub.com, please indicate "Carlos Twins Fund" in the special instructions box. For those of you who know the Carlos Twins you can appreciate the tremendous struggle with this situation. Thank you. Mike Naughton
Circus Hippo runs amok in the Detroit River The Detroit Daily Free Press of June 13, 1863 advertised Geo. F. Bailey & Co.’s Grand Circus, Sands’ Nathan’s & Co.’s Circus with a gigantic hippo, elite equestrians, lots of acts and horses. Performances were scheduled for Mon.-Tues. 2 and 7:30pm on June 27-28. Admission cost 25cents for children under 12, everyone else cost 50 cents. The grand procession (parade) was scheduled for 11am was to include a horse-drawn hippo in his cage.
The Fearless Greggs, daredevils from at least 1905 to 1912 defied logic and gravity with their thrilling automobiles-passing-in-the-air stunt. Fed and Joe Gregg, Howard Smith, Eddie Bouten, and Charlie Hall were from Grand Rapids and Ludington. Troupe members kept getting injured or killed when the car passing over landed on the car beneath.
Henry and John Pollies owned circuses and carnivals from at least 1910-1930s. John Pollie worked as a concessionaire with games of chance in carnivals, 1930s-1960s. Their business and personal life is wonderfully documented in the Papers of John C. Pollie, 1910-1969, and undated in 17.5 cubic ft. (in 36 boxes) in the Clarke Historical Library. It is the only collection of a carnival man’s papers in existence in a public institution. It documents circus, carnival, especially the 19-teens when there was a period of much change in carnivals, the Great Depression, the history of people in MI and Grand Rapids, personal relationships with friends and a loving family and business relationships with circus and carnival people.
Henry J. Pollie (1872-1937) was the son of John C. and Maude Pollie, who emigrated from the Netherlands to Grand Rapids in 1880. As a young man, Henry lived in TX. Henry, often called Jorge, was a concessionaire and showman. Shows Henry owned or co-owned, as documented in the collection, include:Zeidman and Pollie Shows (Walter Zeidman and Henry J. Pollie) 1910-Nov. 1937J. Harry Six Shows, 1931Pollie’s Shows, 1932 (Henry and John C. Pollie)Pollie & Scully, 1934 (Henry and Mr. Scully)Pollie and Berger Exposition and Wild Animal Circus, 1935-1937? (Henry and Louis J. Berger)Pollie & Berger Shows, 1935-Jan. 1936 (This is probably the same show as above, minus the wild animals.) from the Clarke County (Michigan) Historical Museum
The 2010 Gibtown Bike Fest kicks off January 12 through January 17, 2010 at the IISA Club Grounds in Gibsonton, Florida. Bike Fest features live entertainment, stunt shows, food and beverage vendors, and merchandise vendors. Come on down and let us entertain you, and don't forget to bring your bike! Parking is available for over 10,000 bikes (and cars). 2010 BIKEFEST SCHEDULE: www.gibtownbikefest.com
Yes, circus is responsible for the spread of fruitcake as a holiday gift in the U.S.
The Collin Street Bakery of Corsicana, Texas, was established in 1896 by master baker, Gus Weidmann, and his partner, Tom McElwee. They also operated a fancy hotel where many famous guests stayed, including John Ringling. Mr. McElwee gave the guests fruitcakes. The circus people liked them and requested some be shipped to their friends all over the country. This led to establishment of the bakery’s mail order business. Today the bakery is world famous and ships fruitcakes to 196 countries.