The Kelly Miller Bros. Circus features elephants, horses, llamas, camels, clowns and a host of international circus stars, but 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. The public is welcome to watch the entire spectacle free of charge.
After the first of the 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 Kelly Miller Bros. Circus will travel nearly 10,000 miles and give performances in over 200 cities and towns as it winds across North American from March through October. The all new 2006 edition promises a more exciting and extravagant exhibition than ever.
The Kelly Miller Bros. Circus brings the history and tradition of the old fashioned circus to Ash Flat April 17 thanks to the sponsorship of the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce. Performances will be at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Tri-County Farm & Ranch Supply grounds, and the tent raising will begin at approximately 9 a.m.
Advance tickets for the performances are $9 for adults and $5 for children and are available at Ozark Title Company, First National Banking Company, city of Ash Flat, Tri-County Farm & Ranch Supply, city of Cherokee Village and Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce. Ticket prices on circus day are $12 for adults and $6 or children at the circus box office.
The circus will be at the Thayer/Mammoth Spring Saddle Club grounds the next day, April 18, with performances at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.