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Saturday, June 26, 2010




People of all ages came out to watch the performance of the Fantazia Circus at the Midway in Heritage Landing on June 24th, 2010 during the Summer Celebration. (Evan Witek / Muskegon Chronicle Staff)
Fantazia Circus a delightful mom-and-pop addition to the Summer Celebration midway
Published: Friday, June 25, 2010, Eric Gaertner Muskegon Chronicle
A condensed version of a traditional circus seemingly popped up in a small area inside the midway at Summer Celebration.
A new addition to Muskegon’s annual summer party, the circus packs quite a few crowd-pleasing acts into a 25-minute show in a small area.
Trading in an arena and three-ring setup for sunny skies, one ring and temporary structures, the family-owned Fantazia Circus features a variety of acts ranging from a hula-hoop performance to dirt bikes in the “Globe of Death.”
As people entered the midway entrance near the Muskegon Family YMCA on Friday afternoon, many came upon the circus and grabbed a seat on the grass near the one ring and steel-framed globe that held the criss-crossing dirt bikes.
The circus is free, except for the $5 entrance fee into the midway, and seemed to be a welcome addition for festivalgoers, especially the youngsters.
Ralph Bouwman, 51, of Fruitland Township, appreciated the circus and the nearby rides for younger children. His daughters, ages 6 and 4, were with him.
“That was good for the kids, especially the littler ones,” Bouwman said.
Another young girl was busy talking about the python snake, Dora the Explorer mascot and SpongeBob SquarePants mascot. Following the show, children could have their photos taken with any one of the three for $5.
Heather Raven, 25, of Grand Haven, took in the show with two young children. The young boy said he enjoyed the dirt bike act the best, while the little girl favored Dora the Explorer.
“I enjoyed it,” Raven said.
David Dykstra, 14, of Muskegon, and Cord Bernard, 15, of Muskegon, both enjoyed the dirt bike act in the “Globe of Death.”
“It was pretty cool,” Dykstra said of the circus.
The 25-minute shows are held multiple times per day throughout Summer Celebration. The remaining schedule calls for shows at noon, 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. today and Sunday; 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday through July 4.
The lineup of acts varies from show to show. At the 3 p.m. Friday performance, the Fantazia Circus presented trampoline acrobatics, a woman carrying a python, an acrobatic routine by a woman hanging by one leg from a rope high in the air, a hula-hoop act, a skit by clowns and the dirt bikes inside the steel globe.
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Carlos and Carla Mcintyre perform a difficult double tight-rope walk during the Fantazia Circus at the Midway in Heritage Landing on June 24th, 2010 during the Summer Celebration. (Evan Witek / Muskegon Chronicle Staff)
Fantazia Circus clown Thaironny Olivera (left) pops a balloon full of water over his head thrown by Ignacio Ybarra (right) during the Fantazia Circus at the Midway in Heritage Landing on June 25th, 2010 during the Summer Celebration. (Muskegon Chronicle Staff / Evan Witek)
Ybarra Brothers Ignacio (left) and Johnnathan (right) motorcycle around Natasha Smith (left) and Amanda Brady (right) in the "cage of death" during the Fantazia Circus at the Midway in Heritage Landing on June 25th, 2010 during the Summer Celebration. (Muskegon Chronicle Staff / Evan Witek)
Ignacio (right), Johnnathan, and Jeane Ybarra of the Fantazia Circus perform a "leaping catch" on the trapeze at the Midway in Heritage Landing on June 24th, 2010 during the Summer Celebration. (Evan Witek / Muskegon Chronicle Staff)
Hula Hoop artist Francy Mcintyre successfully hulas 25 hoops at the same time at the Fantazia Circus at the Midway in Heritage Landing on June 25th, 2010 during the Summer Celebration. (Muskegon Chronicle Staff / Evan Witek)



Storms Jeopardize P.T. Barnum Collection

By LEANNE GENDREAU, Fri, Jun 25, 2010
For 118 years, the museum honoring a man who brought us the P.T. Barnum and Bailey Circus has preserved P.T. Barnum’s private papers, a souvenir piece of Tom Thumb’s wedding cake from 1863 and artifacts of the Greatest Show on Earth.
On Thursday, storms tore through the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, threatening pieces of American history.
As winds up to 80 miles per hour came through, two Main Street windows of the museum were completely blown out. One of them was repaired just last month. This allowed storm water and wind to howl through the first floor exhibition areas.
The first floor gallery holds a souvenir piece of cake from Tom Thumb's 1863 wedding cake, the Feejee Mermaid and personal items from the Barnum family.
Water also seeped into the basement storage area, wetting the archival collection of Barnum books, Kathleen Maher, executive director and curator of the museum said.
“We had extraordinary help from many of our friends who came to assist with the recovery, and currently the building and collection are stabilized for the moment,” Maher said by e-mail.
The storms came through as the museum celebrates Barnum’s 200th birthday.
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HILARY SCHEINUK / THE TIMES-PICAYUNEMarcus Foster, 2, of New Orleans glides down a slide at City Park's Storyland, where generations of New Orleanians have made memories.
Children ride the Ladybug Rollercoaster at City Park's Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, which has expanded its hours for the summer.
The thrill isn't gone from City Park's Storyland and Amusement Park
Published: Wednesday, June 23, 2010
At a time when children’s summer schedules can seem stuffed with day camps, swim lessons, library visits and other forms of organized leisure, I find it immensely reassuring that City Park’s Storyland is much the same as I remember it from my own childhood.
Here is a place that allows children’s imaginations to make it work.
Unlike the nearby Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, which has expanded its summer hours to attract nighttime visitors in cooler weather, Storyland does not entice its visitors with flashing lights, dinging bells and a panoply of whirling, zooming, bouncing rides. Storyland merely gives children a colorful stage for acting out adventures of their own making.
When I was 4 years old, I could imagine no better place than Storyland, and before and after visits, it turned my mind into a one-track loop of longing and impatience.
"Are we going to Storyland?" I would ask, over and over. And, for days after we’d gone: "Can we go today?"
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The PBJ Happe Day Show carnival is currently at the Delta Fairgrounds in Kennett.
Rides are open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., today through Saturday night, June 26. Armbands will be available tonight through Saturday for a fee of $15 each. There are several events scheduled to take place during the carnival including a tractor pull beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, a "Cook-Off" starting Friday through the entire day Saturday, and a live band Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. The Carnival will end with the Demolition Derby on Saturday night which starts at 7 pm.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Zing master Alex Ramon and Clara Ruiz (AKA Levitytia).
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus well worth a visit

Published: Friday, June 25, 2010, 12:30 PM

Maria C. Montoya, The Times-Picayune
As I walked from the parking lot to the New Orleans Arena on Thursday for the opening night of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ "Zing Zang Zoom" show, I thought this is what it is really like to be a parent.
I haven’t slept well in I’d say seven months, since the birth of my son Press, but I couldn’t resist the urge to rush home from work, mix up some formula and get my 17-year-old, Christina, through her daily chores so we could all be three-ring side opening night.
I dropped the children and a friend off at the door in the hopes that they’d be able to catch the free pre-show. As I made my way to our seats, I passed other moms and dads lined up at the vendor booths stocking up on circus paraphernalia. Wizard hats, $10 light up plastic gizmos and snow-ball filled tigers.

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Teen hurt on carnival ride at Mount Trashmore
The Virginian-Pilot© June 25, 2010
A teen was injured on a carnival ride at Mount Trashmore Thursday, resulting in the ride being shut down for a short time, officials said.
Carnival manager Jody Cadwell, a contractor from National Event Management Corp., said the injury was not a result of the ride malfunctioning, but declined to disclose what happened. The teen suffered a shoulder injury and was transported to a hospital, officials said.
Medics responded to a report of someone who was lightheaded and having an arm problem just before 8 p.m., said Bruce Nedelka, a division chief with the Department of Emergency Medical Services. There was no report of an injury due to a ride, he said.
After the injury, which occurred on The Extreme, a ride that swings back and forth like a pendulum while spinning around, was closed down, Cadwell said. It reopened today after city inspectors declared it safe, he said.
All of the carnival rides are inspected prior to each event opening, Cadwell said.
The Mount Trashmore Summer Carnival, which is operated by Deggeller Attractions, opened June 4. Saturday is the last day. It’s open from 2-11:30 p.m. and wristbands are $20, according to the city website.

Friday, June 25, 2010



A cache of circus posters was found still plastered to the wooden exterior wall of a Colchester home, preserved under siding for more than a century.
When the circus came to town: Shelburne Museum exhibit celebrates Circus Day
By Susan Green, Free Press Correspondent • Thursday, June 24, 2010
The circus billboards have come down,” reported the Daily Free Press & Times a day after the Great Forepaugh Show appeared in Burlington on July 26, 1883.
Well, apparently not all of them came down. Some 108 years later, a cache of posters was found still plastered to the wooden exterior wall of a Colchester home, preserved under siding for more than a century.
Residents doing a renovation in 1991 donated these artifacts to the Shelburne Museum, where they recently have been restored as part of a current exhibition: Circus Day in America, a comprehensive — and visually magnificent — chronicle of the history of this art form.
“There was once a now-extinct holiday called Circus Day,” says Kory Rogers, the museum’s associate curator. “Schools closed. Mill workers were given time off. It was a big deal when circuses stopped in these little towns across the country.”
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Big Top tent circus will roll into town 4th of July weekend

BY LEEANN MOORE • Staff Writer • June 24, 2010


The Carson & Barnes Circus will bring nearly 100 performers, acts and a zoo to Park Central over the July 4 weekend.The traveling circus will offer shows Saturday and Sunday, July 3 and 4, and a portion of the proceeds will go toward the Muskingum County Community Foundation's Scholarship Central.
The circus will be set up around 8 a.m. Saturday and the public is invited to watch the set up of the big top tent, said Ryan Moyer, chairman of the event. Under the big top tent, which is the size of five football fields, is where the circus will take placeread mopre at:


Circus at the arboretum
On Saturday, Morris Arboretum launches Circus Week at its Garden Railway exhibit, with activities through July 5. The exhibit, opening at 10 a.m. daily, celebrates the first American circus held in Philadelphia in 1793. Families can see the Big Top and the circus trains on the railway and also learn the history of the circus.
Circus Week is part of the arboretum's Garden Railway exhibit American Roadside Attractions, on display through Labor Day. The theme is the diverse and eccentric architecture of the countryside, where visitors can see re-creations of favorite tourist attractions.
Garden Railway, which has an annual changing theme, is a miniature world set in a summer garden featuring historic buildings created entirely of natural material including leaves, bark, vines, and twigs. Logs and branches are used to create the exhibits' unique tunnels and overhead trestles.
Circus Week, 10 a.m. Saturday through July 5 at Morris Arboretum 100 E. Northwestern Ave. Arboretum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. The arboretum is open until 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays through August. Admission: $14, $7 for ages 3 to 17, students, and active military persons with ID, $12 for ages 65 and older, free 3 and younger. Information: 215-247-5777 or

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Fair enough New attractions, old standbys return to Meadowlands
by E. Assata Wright, Reporter staff writer, Jun 24, 2010
Hudson Reporter -
Billed as “New Jersey’s most ginormous event,” the State Fair returned to Meadowlands Fairgrounds returned Thursday for 19 days of outdoor summer fun.
Now in its 24th year, the fair offers daily rides, free nightly entertainment, and a host of unique attractions – from pig races to magic shows – at the Meadowlands Sports Complex on Route 3 in East Rutherford through July 5.
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UniverSoul Circus Skips Town,
Offers Ticket Exchanges and Refunds .
Wednesday, 23 June 2010, Walter Elliot
NEWARK - The UniverSoul Circus opened a toll free telephone number for those who want to refund their June 17 through 20 tickets or exchange them for a future performance. The circus posted a fence sign at the corner of Broad and Division streets late June 17 directing ticket holders to call 1(800) 316-7439 9 a.m. through 6 p.m. weekdays.

The sign reads, "Our Newark shows have been canceled from June 17 through June 20. UniverSoul Circus will be in Queens, N.Y. at Roy Wilkins Park Running June 18 through 27."
An animal carrier truck was seen leaving the former Lincoln Motel site around 2 p.m. June 17. The circus had been at the former Lackawanna Railroad freight yard - across from NJTransit's Broad Street Station and Bears Eagles Riverfront Stadium - since June 9.
Roy Wilkins Park's main entrance, in New York City's Jamaica section, is at Merrick Boulevard and 119th Street. The gateway is about four blocks east of the Locust Manor station on the MTA-Long Island Railroad's Far Rockaway Branch.
The circus will then move to Boston's Northeastern University grounds June 29 to 30 before heading west for Cleveland, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Houston and Memphis.
UniverSoul, on June 2, said that their next stand would be at Rentschler Field in E. Hartford, Conn., June 23 through 27. Neither UniverSoul nor Eventtickets' electronic sites have Hartford-area dates listed through Aug. 29


By Staff reports

North Andover Citizen Posted Jun 23, 2010

North Andover, — The North Andover Lions Club is once again sponsoring the Kelly Miller Circus for the 15th consecutive year on Sunday, June 27 and Monday, June 28, with two shows on each day, on the grounds of the North Andover Middle School.
This the North Andover Lions Club biggest fundraiser with proceeds to go to Lions Club charities, including Massachusetts Eye Research and the Lions Eyemobile, which provides free vision screenings and early detection throughout Essex County. The circus features acrobats and trapeze performers, jugglers, clowns, tigers, horses, trained dogs and elephants.
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus opens at New Orleans Arena
Published: Thursday, June 24, 2010
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returns to the New Orleans Arena Thursday, June 24 through Sunday, June 27.
This year's show, Zing, Zang, Zoom is all about color, illusion and fantasy. Pictured here, the fearless human cannonballs.
The "Zing Zang Zoom" tour features traditional circus high-wire, animal acts, clowns and more, blended with magic and illusion in a spectacle for all ages, beginning 7 tonight and continuing through June 27. All ticket-holders also may attend a pre-show and meet the performers, try on costumes and visit with the animals. Tickets are $20.75-$104 through Ticketmaster or at the Arena box office


Luton lad performs on home soil
There was no doubt an extra flutter of butterflies in Matthew Day's stomach last night, June 16, when the circus performer presented his impressive act on home soil for the first time.
The 27-year-old Luton lad is part of the Russell's International Circus troupe, which has set up its big top in Stockwood Park.
And the former Stopsley High School student is urging the town to support one of its own by going along to see the show.
Matthew, who is an acrobat and trapeze artist, said: "We've just done a European tour and we are going to be appearing in Luton, my home town."I'm quite excited about performing in Luton as long as people come to watch. We've had such a bad year and we've really struggled in England because of the recession."
But he can be assured of two definite supporters – his mum and dad, who have already saved their seats. Roll up! Roll up! Matt brings circus to town
My parents are very excited," said Matthew.
As a talented teen, Matthew excelled in gymnastics at school and has been a circus performer for 10 years. He said: "I did gymnastics at school and then I found a circus school that travels the UK. Since I graduated at 17 I've worked all over the world.
"It's really good because we travel every week and we get to see a lot of places and meet a lot of different people."
But the job is hard work, with no time off during the tour. "It's very interesting but we work seven days a week," said Matthew. "The tour runs from February until November."
Matthew impresses the audience in the show working with an aerial cube, which lifts him into the air. He also spins up to 30 hula hoops across his body and presents a double-act with girlfriend Samantha.
The circus also boasts a human slinky, a hand balancing act, aerial skills, foot juggling, a slackwire performer and an impressive revolving aerial rocket, which flies round the tent with a lady hanging from it at 30mph.
Russells International Circus runs until Sunday, June 20. Tickets can be bought at the box office on site in Stockwood Park.


The Aerial Ballet is an amazing act of elegance, strength and artistry.*
The Group Chair Stacking act is is an amazing demonstration of agility, balance and coordination.*
Acrobats of China is an extravaganza of unique spectacular entertainment
June 23rd, 2010 by Gary J. Groman
Last year after this writer saw the “Acrobats of China” he wrote, “Even in the ‘Live music show capital of the world’ there are some shows that are so unique, both in terms of their type and in the manner in which they are presented, that they in fact define a genre of show and the standard of excellence for that genre.” He continued, “The ‘Acrobats of China,’ presented by The New Shanghai Circus, is such a show. Currently there is nothing in Branson that remotely resembles the type of show and the near perfection of its cast as they perform exciting, colorful, and action filled feats providing their audiences with an incredible one of a kind entertainment experience.”
After seeing the 2010 edition of this show on June 19 all this writer can add is, “The show is even better than it was last year.” The elegance, skill, grace and precision and of the performers in each act is simply amazing. Couple that with excellent production, absolutely elegant costuming, and the choreographed and flawless presentation as each act seamlessly transitions into the next and the result is a one of a kind Branson experience that will appeal to adults and the vast majority of children equally.
This writers wife who had not seen the show was amazed, but then, so was her husband and he saw the show just last year. It’s almost like someone said, “Let’s pull out all the stops this year” and they did. Paul Miller, General Manager of the Branson Tourism Center said, “Our customer surveys of the Acrobats of China, as well as the comments of the Branson Tourism Center staff who have seen the show, indicate that it is an exceptional show.”
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WACHAPREAGUE: Carnival opens Wednesday

By Clara H. Vaughn • Staff Writer • June 21, 2010

WACHAPREAGUE – The annual Wachapreague Carnival will celebrate its 58th year beginning this Wednesday, June 23 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.The timeless staple of summer on the Shore features rides like the scramble and the black spider, games, live entertainment, an open-air bingo hall and food including clam fritters and homemade ice cream.
Prices have stayed the same — ride-all-night bracelets will be sold for $10, or tickets can be purchased for $1 each. All games, including bingo, cost only a quarter.
For more than half a century, the carnival has remained a favorite pastime of Shore residents.
Carnival Chairwoman Penney Fluhart decided to ask the public to send in their carnival memories last year after hearing the story Larry Hamblin read at his late wife Virginia’s funeral about a night they shared at the carnival 1959.
“I said, ‘I bet every body’s got a carnival story,’” she said.
Fluhart received seven stories from locals as well as those who have left the Shore.
“One was a lady who used to spend the night with her girl friend in Wachapreague… People dropped money in the woodchips (of the bingo hall) and they’d collect it and go to Margaret’s and get candy,” she said.
Another was a man’s story about his year as the “potato boy” — the child tasked with peeling potatoes for the food stand.“He said , ‘You felt like you were part of something huge because you were a kid helping out,’” said Fluhart.
She also has her own carnival memories. Fluhart has helped run the carnival for 24 years, beginning the year she met her husband David, a volunteer fireman and treasurer.
Now, the couple’s children, Rachel, 14, and Walker, 11, also help out at the carnival.“Our kids have grown up there,” she said.
Family friends, town members and volunteers from the Little Pungo Ruritan Club make up the life-force that keeps the carnival going.“They’re very, very helpful,” said Fluhart. “It takes about 52 to 55 people a night to pull the carnival off.”
The Wachapreague carnival is the town fire company’s only fundraiser. It is one of the two remaining carnivals on the Shore.“You might not see somebody all year long, but you’ll see them at the carnival,” Fluhart said. “Things have pretty much stayed the same.”
The carnival runs Wednesday through Saturday, June 23 through July 17. It is open from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on weekdays, or 7:30 to 11 p.m. on weekends. Food and bingo begin at 7 p.m. Different live entertainment will be featured each night.




Circus Smirkus comes to the Berkshires with shows in Williamstown and Great Barrington

Wednesday June 23, 2010

If you ever have attended a Circus Smirkus performance, there is a good chance you have caught a glimpse of 17-year-old Jamie Nanni several feet above the crowd dangling from silk fabrics and performing various acrobatic feats.
If you haven’t been privy to a Circus Smirkus event yet, then you won’t want to miss this award-winning international youth circus when it makes its way to the Berkshires in July by way of Williamstown and Great Barrington.
For four performances in each town, Nanni and her fellow Smirkus troupers -- ages 11 to 18, with the artistic director’s 6- and 9-year-old daughters performing, too -- once again will amaze audiences with their awe-inspiring, way-beyond-their-years circus talents.
Kristina Foley, the manager of development programs for Northern Berkshire Healthcare, whose company is sponsoring the Williamstown event, is counting on these young performers to draw families to the event for an evening of fun and excitement. She also is hoping the event will help raise awareness and funds for NBH’s REACH for Community Health programming.
"We were really looking for a way to do something that would reach out into the community to increase the presence of Northern Berkshire Healthcare, but also, in keeping with the mission of the hospital, to promote health.
"It’s youth, it’s active, they are kids in all shapes and sizes who
are obviously in tune to their physical well-being, and they’re in good health," she said. "I thought it was a good fit."
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010


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Big Apple Circus Launches 2010 Season As PBS Airs Six-Part "Circus" Documentary This Fall

Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Circus lovers everywhere will have twice the excitement, fearlessness and artistry to look forward to this fall -- courtesy of New York’s own hometown circus, the not-for-profit Big Apple Circus ( ( and PBS public television.
First, the always-anticipated premiere of the 2010 season in NYC of the beloved Big Apple Circus will take place October 21 – January 9, 2011 at Lincoln Center, which has hosted this icon created by Living Landmarks Paul Binder and Michael Christiansen since 1981.
Plus, PBS will be airing a six -part documentary, "Circus," which provides viewers with a one-of-a-kind backstage pass to experience the rich and complex life under the tent and behind-the-scenes in the creation of the 2008 season of the Big Apple Circus airing nationally on November 3 through November 17, 2010.
"The PBS documentary marks the first time in our 32-year history that we granted this level of backstage access to anyone," said Artistic Director Guillaume Dufresnoy, who is featured throughout the "Circus" documentary and worked hand-in-hand with every department of Big Apple Circus and the Emmy Award-winning Show Of Force producers on the extensive coordination needed to create the extraordinary series. "I believe viewers will gain a unique insight into the complex process that allows the Big Apple Circus family of artists and artisans to turn a dream into the beloved one-ring, intimate human art form that has captured the hearts of audiences around the globe for centuries. I am sure that audiences who experience our 2010 production -- whether live in Lincoln Center, Boston or elsewhere – will have a deeper appreciation for the talent, skill, discipline and dedication it takes to create the live show from having seen the documentary," Dufresnoy added. "It's like enjoying a great meal: When you see the love and care that the chef displays in the kitchen, everything tastes that much better."
For 32 years the Big Apple Circus, New York’s original one–ring circus, has been delighting audiences of all ages under its Big Top, presenting the finest in live family entertainment featuring world–class circus artistry. Experience the instant connection between audience and artist as your family sits less than 50 feet from the ring. The Big Apple Circus is a not–for–profit performing arts and outreach institution committed to invigorating the communities we serve with the joy and wonder of classical circus. Tax–deductible contributions made by corporations, foundations and individuals enable the Big Apple Circus to bring its special magic to diverse audiences through its outreach programs — Clown Care, Vaudeville Caravan, Circus After School, Circus For All! and Circus of the Senses — as well as its critically acclaimed performances.
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Jackie LeClaire, in his 80s and still working as a clown, is part of the show. COURTESY OF SUSIE FILMS
WTVI airs show on life under the big top
Posted: Wednesday, Jun. 23, 2010
"Children of All Ages," a documentary about circus life, will have its television debut at 8 p.m. today on WTVI (Channel 42).
In three-ring fashion, the program focuses on a trilogy of big top subjects: the Sailor Circus, the nation's longest-running children's circus; the world's largest miniature circus, a 3,800-square-foot tabletop exhibit with more than a million pieces; and interviews with performers from the original Ringling ensemble.
"Children of All Ages" is a production by Scott Galloway of Davidson, who recently did a documentary on the fading attractions of North Carolina called "Our Vanishing Americana."
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Circus under the big top Wednesday, Thursday
By The Daily Journal
June 22, 2010
It’s that time of year when the Birak Club Shrine Circus comes to Fergus Falls, MN.
This year the performances will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on both Wednesday, June 23, and Thursday, June 24, at the Ice Arena on the West Otter Tail County Fairgrounds.
Proceeds will benefit the Zuhrah Temple, Birak Shrine Club.
The George Carden International Circus features Karoly Zeman who was enrolled in the Hungarian Circus School. After one year of schooling, he started performing with a flying trapeze troupe. The main circus acts, along with Aerial Artistry, include BMX Bicycle, Bruno’s Tigers, Princess Elayne, Ringmaster and Elephants, to name a few.
George Carden Circus travels over 40,000 miles each year in the United States and Canada. Over the years the season has lasted up to 42 weeks, during which time the circus has two units on the road. They pride themselves in offering what they term as “the finest in family entertainment.”
As in prior years, Allen Haiby of the Fergus Falls Birak Shrine Club is busy, along with other club members, is preparing the fairgrounds Ice Arena building for the upcoming performances.
“We don’t have to worry about rain and we won’t have the discomfort of mosquitoes,” said Haiby, who spent Monday evening helping to clean the facility at the West Otter Tail County Fairgrounds.


RSPCA slams Cheltenham circus
Local News 23 Jun 10 by Nadja Poljo
Saigon is left standing in the mud on a wintry Melbourne day. THE RSPCA has attacked owners of a circus performing in Cheltenham for travelling with an elderly elephant.
Perry Bros circus is holding shows from a site at the corner of Bay and Reserve roads until July 11.
An angry Dr Hugh Wirth told the Leader it was “completely wrong” to keep 55-year-old Saigon separated from other elephants, on the road and on display.
“It’s about time they had respect for Saigon and stop this senseless travelling around the country,” Dr Wirth said.
Outraged readers wrote to the Leader describing the retired elephant’s living conditions as appalling.
Highett reader Alex Goddard said Saigon was “caged in an area in no way suitable for such a large, intelligent, herding animal”.
Aimee Phillips said she had visited the site and the elephant had looked “bored and unstimulated”.
But circus manager and family spokeswoman Yasmin Brophy said they had been unfairly targeted and Saigon was happiest when on the road with them.
“She is not lonely and is definitely not unhappy,” Ms Brophy said.
“She has been with our family for 49 years so why would we upset her for the last years of her life by moving her somewhere where she would be unhappy?”
Ms Brophy said Saigon could not go to a zoo because she would likely be attacked by other elephants.
Glenys Oogjes, from Animals Australia, said Saigon should be left on the family’s farm. But Ms Brophy said: “We are not prepared to just dump her at the property while we are away.”
Melbourne Zoo curator Jan Steele said zoo keepers observed Saigon in February at the request of Environment Minister Gavin Jennings.
“Saigon appeared to be in good health and condition for her age (but) she did appear overweight and one of her legs did appear to cause some discomfort,” she said.


Missing at Saturday's Shrine Circus at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds — at least for the late showing — was a protest by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) outside the gate.
Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 10:00 am Updated: 12:47 pm, Mon Jun 21, 2010
The group has had a presence at previous circuses, so one may wonder what the status on that protest front is. If you think the circus is an event of the past, a packed house filled the grandstands to watch animal tricks in addition to daring stunts, including a tight-rope walker who had a close call and had to grab the rope as he was falling with no net below. It wasn't planned as his concentration appeared to be affected for the rest of the act, but he impressively completed the stunts. The circus kept the interest of all ages and then some, including the amazing grand finale of not three, not four, but five motorcycles buzzing around in a round cage.from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Press

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Irina Markova, a Russian Poodle Trainer from the Universoul Circus, taking her dogs for a stroll in Central Park.
Russian poodle trainer captivates crowds in Central Park
BY Farran Powell Daily News Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 22nd 2010,

Poodle tricks attracted crowds of spectators in Central Park on Monday as a well-known circus performer took her several pooches for a walk.
Russian poodle training tzarina Irina Markova, captivated onlookers in the park with her horde of eight poodles as she shouted commands.
"For my work, I practice with my dogs all day and train my animals," said Markova, who performs in a traveling show for UniverSoul Circus.
Markova, an animal trainer featured in a recent Sundance short film "The Russian Whisperer," turned heads as she strolled through the park.
Spectators took a second glance at the glammed-up dog walker, dressed head to toe in a leopard spotted top with matching trousers.
"She seemed very Eastern European kind of fashion sense with tight, shiny pants and extravagant tops with six to eight poodle of all different sizes," said onlooker Hannah Levinson. "It seems almost circus like."
The Russian circus performer began training dogs when she was 9-years-old before her career as animal trainer for the Rostov Zoo in Russia. Markova began her first all dog circus act in 1985 and has been featured in the U.S. with the Moscow Circus and the Big Apple Circus.
With bribes of treats, Markova trains her poodles for special tricks to ride on bicycles and skateboards on stage.
"Our dogs are like our children... we treat them with some new tricks," Markova said.
Markova's pampered pooch troupe is one of several act in UniverSoul Circus show, performing at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York from June 22- 27.


Animal activist is guilty of trespass
Jessyca Horst was found in restricted area at Irem Shrine Circus at Armory.
By Terrie Morgan-Besecker, Law & Order Reporter

WILKES-BARRE – An animal rights activist who was seeking to snap a photo of an elephant that killed its handler was found guilty Monday of trespassing at the Irem Shrine Circus held at the 109th Field Artillery Armory in April.
Jessyca Horst, 27, of Kingston, admitted she was in an area that she was not permitted to be in, but said she was simply trying to ensure the elephant was OK and did not realize she could get arrested.
Horst was among a group of people who were protesting outside the circus. She was charged with defiant trespass, a summary citation, after she was discovered in an area behind the armory on April 10 – the day after a circus elephant, Dumbo, killed its handler. Authorities believe the elephant was startled after coming in contact with an electrical wire and stomped the handler.
The area in question was open to circus patrons, but Horst did not have a ticket for the show. At a brief hearing before Senior District Judge Andrew Barilla, Horst admitted she was in the area. Barilla found her guilty of the offense and fined her $100 plus court costs, for a total of $247.
Speaking after the hearing, Horst said she simply wanted to ensure that the elephant was being properly cared for following the fatality and didn’t mean to cause any trouble.
“I never tried to hurt anybody, but I thought the animal didn’t do that for no reason. I wanted to see what was going on and how the animal was being treated,” she said.
Horst said she is a member of the group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which protests outside the circus annually. She said she was not acting on behalf of PETA, however, when she attempted to get a photo of the elephant.
Horst said she did not realize she was not permitted in the area because there were many other people there as well.
“I wanted to make sure the animal was OK. Never in a million years did I think I’d get in this much trouble for it,” she said. “I’m not saying what I did was right. If I knew that it was this big of a deal, I would never, ever have done it.”
Horst said she does not plan to contest the citation. While she still opposes circus animal acts, she said she regrets the incident and vowed she’ll never do it again.


R.I. News Digest: Injured ‘human cannonball’ out of hospital
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Injured ‘human cannonball’ out of hospital
A human cannonball who landed in Newport Hospital after bouncing off his safety net on Friday has been discharged from Newport Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday.
Kellan Bermudez, 35, of Florida, known as “Super Kellan” and the “Human Cannonball,” was hurt after he bounced from a net onto the concrete floor at a Cole Bros. Circus show at the Newport Grand, according to the police. The hospital said he was released on Sunday.


patriotledger — June 21, 2010 — The Cole Bros Circus begins Tuesday at the Marshfield, Mass. Fairgrounds in this time-lapse construction of the big top from photographer Greg Derr/The Patriot Ledger. The fair runs for two days. After the show in Marshfield, the circus moves to Rochester and then Plymouth.

Monday, June 21, 2010


Old-fashioned circus comes to Rome fairgound
Local Newby By Tim Devine, Rome News-Tribune Staff Writer, 9 years ago
Chris Connors, ringmaster for the Roberts Bros. Circus, brags that the Florida-based show is still a “small-town circus.”
While many circuses are playing in lighted auditoriums and arenas, Roberts Bros. sticks with the traditional three-ring big top tent.
“We’re probably one of the last of the old dog and pony shows,” Connor said.
The circus will be held Wednesday at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds with shows at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for children ages 2 to 12. Children under 2 will be admitted free.
A coupon in today’s Young Romans and in Wednesday’s Rome News-Tribune will allow two children to be admitted free with the purchase of one adult ticket.
“We’ve played in towns so small, you’d be lucky to find a gas station,” Connors said, “but people came out for the show. We couldn’t imagine where they were coming from, but they came out.
“We’re very family-oriented, and we’re also one of the cheapest shows around,” Connors said.
The circus includes the usual delights such as Liberty Horses, performing poodles and ponies, high-wire acts and Dusty the clown.
Monica Alexandria performs while dangling above the crowd from her hair.
“She’s says it doesn’t hurt,” Connors said.
Before the shows, families can enjoy a petting zoo, pony rides, a baseball pitching machine and a moonwalk.
Also a tour of the circus will be provided at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday


Andrew Harnum greeted many of the spectators of Circus Estival in Corner Brook Saturday with information on animal cruelty. — Star photo by Cory Hurley
Circus protest; Small group protests circus, thousands take in show
As thousands of enthusiastic families skipped into the circus in Corner Brook Saturday, a group of 11 protesters tried their best to make an impact.
Andrew Harnum, armed with a poster stating “chains are for swings, not elephants,” greeted as many of the spectators in the Pepsi Centre parking lot as he could. While he didn’t necessarily expect to see mothers and fathers with their children turn around and go home, he hoped raising awareness was enough to make a difference.
To enforce his views, he offered informational brochures about animal cruelty. Some accepted the information, others turned their backs to him and walked away.
“I just want the circus to be banned from Corner Brook,” Harnum said. “I don’t agree with the whole circus act and what they do to the animals. I know a lot of kids enjoy it and it is good entertainment, but I just don’t agree with it, and I hope some people here will learn that.”
While the small group of protesters caused no real disturbance while The Western Star was present, they shouted their views at the crowds entering the Pepsi Centre.
The reactions from those attending the circus were varied. Some ignored the shouts, others acknowledged the effort. Some people made snooty remarks as they passed and a couple shot back with views of their own. One man in particular, less than politely told them to focus their effort on the animal cruelty in their own backyard.




HEBRON, MD Fireman's Carnival

The Fireman's Carnival will start Wednesday June 23 and run thru July 17th.The carnival will be open Wednesday nights thru Saturday nights.

Carnival History
The Hebron Fireman's Carnival started in 1926. The carnival has continued to grow with the fire department and all proceeds are used to improve fire fighting activities and community projects. The carnival is at the site of the Camp Grounds where for decades hundreds of people attended revival services each summer, some living there during the 2 week events. In 1936, the fire department purchased the Hebron Camp Grounds.
The annual carnival is famous for its tasty "oyster sandwiches" and a wide variety of refreshments including cotton candy, funnel cakes, numerous sandwiches, drinks and so much more. The carnival offers a full night of entertainment of games and rides for the whole family.
Vintage kiddy cars have been the focus of fun for generations of youngsters along with the merry-go-round, ferris wheel, scrambler, and bumper cars to name a few. We also have a wide variety of games for both the young and old. Bingo is a long-standing tradition at the carnival where many people pack into the bench seats to play the game. Our lively and entertaining Bingo callers help keep the crowd coming back for more. Numerous raffles will be given away on the last night of the carnival.


2010 Laurel Festival - Wellsboro, PA

Sunday, June 20, 2010


NYPost — June 19, 2010 — Hundreds gather in Coney Island for its annual mermaid parade.



Adults had fun – they couldn’t help themselves – feeding the llama.

Others picked a pony ride as their extracurricular entertainment du jour.

You can almost hear this camel ask, “What’s he doing back there?,” as a circus worker cinches a saddle.

The Lewis and Clark Circus bills itself as a 90-minute, one-ring European-style show under a colorful big-top tent.

June 9, 2010
Wraps Up Its Act In Sanatoga
Posted by Joe Zlomek
SANATOGA PA – Carney music. The smells of popcorn and cotton candy and nature’s fertilizer (unappealing, maybe, but certainly part of the ambiance). Barkers calling, and rides waiting, and kids laughing and smiling.
The circus, specifically the Lewis and Clark Circus of Easley SC, was back in town Monday and Tuesday (June 7-8, 2010) with two shows nightly on the parking lot of Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Rd., Sanatoga PA. A circus ticket-seller said attendance had been good for all performances. With it came all the trappings that make a big-top event so memorable for an audience: acts by acrobats, trapeze artists and clowns; fun food, thrilling rides, and exotic animals.
You couldn’t find a frown on the grounds.