The big top of the Kelly Miller Circus is an impressive sight when completely set up.
Photo courtesy of Kelly Miller Circus.
by Steve W Stewart
March 7, 2013
The Kelly Miller Circus, which is one of the last true traveling big-top circuses, will return to the Jasper Lions Club Rodeo Grounds, on Tuesday, March 26th, with two performances: 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The Kelly Miller Circus has performed in Jasper in 2009 and 2011.
The show, which was founded in 1938 and is headquartered in Hugo, Oklahoma, travels on a fleet of 25 vehicles and normally requires an area of some 90,000 square feet to set up on. The circus big top, which was imported from Italy, has a seating capacity of 1,500 and is made of waterproof vinyl. The tent is supported by more than a quarter-mile of heavy gauge aluminum tubing, along with several miles of rope, steel cable, and chain.
Over the years, The Kelly Miller Circus has gathered a galaxy of stars from many nations, as well as an exotic display of animals, enhanced them with beautiful theatrical lighting and lively circus music for a performance to warm the hearts of young and old alike. It is said to be one of the last great big shows traveling the nation.
From the early morning hours, when the elephants pull the big top into the air to the very moment when the king pole races to the ground at the end of the day, the public is invited to come and be a part of the magic of "Circus Day" as it has been experienced for over 200 years! The staff and management of the circus says everyone should come and see the setup in that it is a show within itself, giving everyone a chance to see the big top go up.