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Take a break for some fun

Thursday, March 26, 2009

It's kind of like being on a road trip with the whole family and every 10 minuites hearing, "Are we there yet?" When the kids hear the circus is coming to town, the anticipation is torture.

But the night of the show, look to see whose face shows more amazment, mom and dad or the kids.

Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce (SRACC) is hosting the Kelly Miller Circus April 2, in Ash Flat, next to Tri County Farm and Ranch Supply on Highway 62/412.

The fun will start with the elephants raising the tent at 9 a.m. that morning. It's a tradition as old as the circus itself to watch the elephants lift the giant Big Top into the air. The circus welcomes the public to watch free of charge.

After the Big Top is up, spectators are welcome inside to watch "men and beasts complete their work while a knowledgeable circus veteran will be on hand to explain the action and answer questions about circus life."

The Kelly Miller Brothers Circus is celebrating their 71st anniversary this year. Obert Miller and his sons, Kelly and Dores, started the tradition in 1938 during the Great Depression.

The promise of a more exciting and extravagant show than ever before has been given for their 2009 season. It will feature elephants, horses, lamas, camels, clowns and a host of star circus performers.

Advance tickets are available at a discounted rate of $10 for adults and $6 for children, and can be purchased at: Tri-County, SRACC, Ash Flat City Hall, Words and After Words, Pulaski Bank -- Hardy or Highland branch, Dan Orr Attorney/Ozark Title Company, First National Banking Company, Simmons Bank, Highland City Hall and Liberty Bank.

The day of the show, tickets can be purchased at the gate for $14 for adults and $7 for children.

"We (the chamber) just thought we needed something uplifting after all of the misfortunes the area has endured," SRACC President Charlotte Goodwin said.

She said she hopes to see the young and the young-at-heart out enjoying the show. After all, who can resist cotton candy and clowns all in one night?

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