Under the big top

By Rick Palsgrove
Eastside Editor

A Carson & Barnes Circus performer gives an elephant a kiss.
A Carson & Barnes Circus performer gives an elephant a kiss.

The circus is coming to town!

The Reynoldsburg Lions Club is bringing the Carson & Barnes Circus to Civic Park on Daugherty Drive in Reynoldsburg on July 28 and 29 with show times both days at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“The circus is fun for the whole family,” said Mike Kerek of the Reynoldsburg Lions Club. “It’s something all ages can enjoy. It’s special. The circus is not something that comes through town every day.”

Kerek said the circus will be held under a large tent that can hold up to 1,500 people.

“It’s a single ring circus, but there will be plenty of acts,” said Kerek. “You’ll get the whole circus experience.”

Acts appearing in the Carson & Barnes Circus include clowns, high wire performers, acrobats and three motorcycle riders performing in the “globe of death” where the motorcyclists circle each other at high speeds inside a steel globe.

The circus also features more than 50 animals including, elephants, ponies, camels, a pygmy hippo, llamas, dogs and more. Prior to the show, the circus will offer elephant rides at an additional cost.

The Carson & Barnes Circus is in its 78th year of touring the United States. The circus bills itself as the “largest traveling big top tent circus in America.”

Carson & Barnes owner Barbara Miller-Byrd is the third generation of her family to run the circus. After more than 60 years  on the road and as a performer, Miller-Byrd said she is still “in awe at the thrill of it all” and that she is still “the number one fan of the traditional American circus.”

It’s the second time the Reynoldsburg Lions Club has brought the Carson & Barnes Circus to  Reynoldsburg. The first time was in 2012.

Kerek said the Reynoldsburg Lions Club is an active club that likes to look for ways to do interesting things for the community.

“This circus is something affordable that families can do together. Parents may have gone to the circus when they were children and now they can share that experience with their own kids,” said Kerek. “It’s something different. How often do you get to go to the circus?”

Advanced tickets to the circus can be purchased at Sunoco, 7098 E. Main St., and Culver’s, 1912 State Route 256, in Reynoldsburg. Tickets may also be purchased from any Reynoldsburg Lions Club member. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids. Coupons are available for a free children’s ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Tickets may also be purchased online at www.bigtopshow.com for $14 for adults and $8 for children.

For information visit reynoldsburglions.org or carsonbarnescircus.com.

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