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Kelly Miller Brothers Circus coming to Mammoth Spring

Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Kelly Miller Brothers Circus is coming to Mammoth Spring April 14.

The Spring River Shrine Club is sponsoring the circus. It will be set up at the Country Music Hall grounds located just south of Mammoth Spring on Highway 63. There will be two performances, at 4:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the circus can be purchased at all banks in Mammoth Spring, Thayer and Salem. Advance tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children. Ticket prices on circus day will be $12 for adults and $6 for children.

The Kelly Miller Brothers Circus was founded during the Depression and is celebrating its 70 anniversary.

Although 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.

The all new 2008 season will feature 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 into 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 the entire spectacle free of charge.

In fact, after the first of the four massive poles that support the Big Top are in place, the public is invited to step into the tent and see men and beast complete their work. A knowledgeable circus veteran will be on hand to explain the action and answer questions about circus life.

This season the circus will travel nearly 10,000 miles and give performances in over 200 cities and towns from March through October.

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