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Carson & Barnes big top coming to Storm Lake

Thursday, March 6, 2008

The Carson & Barnes Circus will return to Storm Lake this summer with two shows in a huge three-ring format filled with elephants, lions and tigers, clows and acrobats, and much more.

Tickets are expected to go on sale in May or early June for the July 21 shows. Performances are planned for 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. The attraction proved very popular in the last visit by the major circus three years ago.

This year's shows will be held at the airport grounds, where elephants will help to erect the show tent.

The chamber of commerce is leading an effort to sell children's tickets to various businesses, which in turn can be donated to programs for needy and special-needs children in the region. Chamber manager Marilyn Monson said that a "great committee" has already been formed to help promote the event as a Storm Lake attaction.

This year's Carson & Barnes program contains over 40 acts from the United States, Canada, Ukraine, Belarus, Peru, Mexico, Italy, the Netherlands and other parts of the globe

with over a hundred performers and animals.

Carson and Barnes is the largest big top circus touring America today. Its tent is longer than a football field and it takes a space equal to three football fields for the entire circus community to unfold. It will hold over 2,200 guests. Over 60 vehicles are needed to move the show.

The circus plays 250 days a year in 200 different cities.

The attraction, circus managers said, is old-fashioned circus fun and thrills - completely rated "G".

The show is fast-paced and full of action and stunts. Many young children of performing families are now featured in the show. Youngsters as they perform on the flying trapeze and astound you with acrobatic feats, horseback trick riding and championship hula-hoops.

The Storm Lake show will feature a Grand Spectacular Parade, the Incredible Flying Fernandez Family featuring the triple somersault, death defying high wire performers from South America, the giant Wheels of Destiny test of agility in the heights of the tent, and Millers Majestic Prancing Ponies - always a hit with children of all ages, performing elephants and a big cat show, dog tricks and more.