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Public invited to circus tent raising
Trinity Standard - February 2009
TRINITY – Area residents are invited to attend the tent raising as well as two performances when the Kelly Miller Bros. Circus comes to Trinity on Tuesday, March 10.
Sponsored by the Trinity Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, the tent raising will begin at about 9 a.m. on the Old Trinity Middle School football practice field located between the Trinity Intermediate School and Lansberry Elementary School campuses.
The circus performances will be at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.
While there will be no charge to watch the tent raising, advance sale tickets for the performances at $10 for adults and $6 for children. They may be purchased at the Trinity Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Trinity Café, Trinity Medical Supply, State Farm Insurance Co., McMichael Enterprises Building and D.J.’s Gun Shop.
Tickets sold at the box office will be $14 for adults and $7 for children.
Founded during the Great Depression, the Kelly Miller Bros. Circus is marking its 71st anniversary.
The show was created by Obert Miller and his sons, Kelly and Dores as a traditional tented circus.
While the show in 1938 was little more than the Miller family, some ponies and a couple of monkeys, they still moved about the country as they do today in trucks and went through the same routine each day of setting up and giving performances in a new town.
They all new 2009 season will feature elephants, horses, llamas, camels, clowns and a host of international circus performers.
Each morning the public gets an altogether different kind of show as the circus lot comes to life. Circus trucks pull onto the lot in the early morning hours, animals are unloaded, stakes are driven and elephants lift the giant Big Top into the air.
Best of all, the public is welcome to watch this entire spectacle free of charge.
In fact, after the first of the four massive main poles that support the Big Top are set in place, the public is invited to step into the tent and see men and beasts complete their work.
A knowledgeable circus veteran will be on hand to explain the action and answer questions about circus life.
This season the Kelly Miller Bros. Circus will travel nearly10,000 miles and give performances in over 200 cities and towns as it winds across North America from march through October