Carson and Barnes Circus will celebrate 76 years of entertaining with back-to-back stops in Spencer and Storm Lake next week.
From: Spencer, Iowa Daily Reporter
Thursday, August 1, 2013
As part of their 77th consecutive year of touring the USA, Carson and Barnes Circus, the largest traveling big top tent circus in America will visit Spencer for shows at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5 on the Clay County Fairgrounds, and then head to Storm Lake on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Fitzpatrick Auto Center with performances at the same time.
Carson and Barnes is "The Real Circus," with everything patrons expect to see under the big top: clowns, acrobats, aerial daredevils, spectacular pageantry, and a cast of amazing performing animals led by the biggest stars of the show -- the Carson and Barnes Asian elephants. Starring in this season's show is "Alex the Clown." Like many of those appearing in the Circus, Alex Acero has spent his life performing. As a headliner in Las Vegas and with several of the largest Latin American circuses, Alex keeps the children laughing while keeping the adults on the edge of their seats with his daring gymnastics.
Carson and Barnes owner Barbara Miller-Byrd is the third generation of her family to run the circus. Her daughters, Traci and Kristin, who also travel with the show, will be the fourth generation to run the nation's largest touring tent circus. Even after more than 60 years on the road as a performer and owner, Barbara is still in awe at the thrill of it all and is still the number one fan of the traditional American circus.