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February 9, 2008

Circus comes to town this week

Jaycees sponsors annual family event

DANVILLE — Children and adults alike should enjoy the Danville Jaycees Circus coming to town this week.

The George Carden International circus group will perform shows Tuesday and Wednesday at the David S. Palmer Arena. The circus features a three-ring event with all the fun features a circus offers.

“One of the big attractions is Bo the Elephant,” said Monty Schroeder, longtime chairman of the circus and JCI senator with the Danville Jaycees.

“He does all kinds of things. He plays the horn. He plays the drums.”

Spectators also will have the chance to see an act with a tiger and six lions and a steel ball with six motorcycle riders in it, as well as enjoy the food that comes along with a circus.

“There is not a bad seat in the place,” Schroeder said.

During intermission, children can take elephant and pony rides along with playing in a bounce house.

The circus is an annual event put on by the Jaycees to provide good family entertainment locally and at a reasonable cost, he added.

The circus will have everything that it has offered in the past, in addition to one of the few female ringmasters, said Greg Thompson, promotions director for the circus.

“There’s some new acts that we’re going to keep a surprise,” he added. “It’s an amazing show. It’s everything that you would expect from a circus.”

Thompson promised a three ring extravaganza full of action the whole time.

This year will be the first time that local schoolchildren attend the early show on Wednesday, and the Jaycees expect about 700 students.

Besides the circus, the Jaycees are doing a project called Stuffed with Love, in which they are collecting new and slightly used stuffed animals for children in local hospitals.

This year marks the 65th anniversary for the Danville Jaycees, who will have a collection container at the circus at the Jaycees membership booth for anyone who brings stuffed animals and those who want to learn more about the group.

“That’s a way that we can also put a smile on a child’s face,” Schroeder said of the project.


The Danville Jaycees Circus will be at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 10:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the David S. Palmer Arena.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for children, and discount coupons are available at local businesses.

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