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Circus coming to town
Houston County Courier

The biggest tent circus in America is coming to the Crockett Civic Center on Nov. 9. Performances will be at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. The Carson and Barnes Circus has been family owned and operated through four generations. The circus began in 1937 and claims to be the only remaining true traditional Big Top circus with more than 100 performers and animals. Many area school children will witness the raising of the big top when the circus arrives. Carson and Barnes Circus literature describes its new tent as a first of its kind circus tent. The tent is of international origin, with portions made in Brazil, Mexico and Italy. The motorized tent reaches a height of approximately 50 feet. Its inside measurements of 144’ X 180’ allow for unique and unobstructed viewing for up to 2,200 people. Their total footprint is 500’ X 400’ . The Carson and Barnes Circus also owns the second largest herd of elephants in the United States. Additionally, the circus is a member of the Endangered Ark Foundation for the preservation of the extremely endangered Asian elephant and other animals. Another circus feature is the traveling zoo. The Carson and Barnes Circus is “proud of our large and varied educational exhibit of over two dozen types of domestic and exotic animals. It opens as a zoo on circus morning, and is free to everyone who wants to watch the animals arrive, be watered, fed and cared for. Like the composition of the tent, the performers and acts have international origins. “We have Artists from around the world including the United States, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Argentina, Italy, Brazil and other countries,” states the Carson and Barnes media material. Circus acts consist of aerial trapeze, high wire, motorcycle acrobatic teams, jugglers and clowns, along with performing elephants, camels, dogs and horses. It wouldn’t be a circus without a clown, and the featured artist for 2010 is the world-renowned King of Circus Comedy, Alex, who will entertain with hilarious high-bounding feats on the trampoline. Tickets for the two Nov. 9 circus performances at the Crockett Civic Center are available at most banks in Crockett, Sherwin Williams, Cutshaw Chevrolet and the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce.


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