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2009-11-05 / Community News

World's Largest Traditional Tent Circus Brings Family Entertainment to Rockdale

In America today, there remains only one big-tented circus, which manages to maintain a traditionally demanding road schedule. It's the all new 73rd edition of the Carson & Barnes Circus, bringing many performers and animals to the Rockdale Fair Park in Rockdale on Thursday November 5th with shows at 4:30 & 7:30. The Rockdale Rotary Club will use the event as a fundraiser to support many of its local community projects. Carson & Barnes Circus is always pleased to provide a portion of its income to civic organizations for local use. In 2008, almost one million dollars was raised for local hosts.

Carson & Barnes Circus travels with its city-block long tent to some 200 towns and cities each ten month season. Emphasis this year is on a new concept in circus presentation, which blends over eight decades of circus tradition and family ownership with exciting new acts and up-close audience viewing, achieving a new height in quality family entertainment. While other circuses have reduced their size and schedule, Carson & Barnes is still the only organization capable of moving such a huge show to a new site nearly every day, seven days a week.

When Carson & Barnes sets up circus morning, it is circus history and magic, transforming the show grounds into "Circus City USA". The general public is invited (free), and early birds on Thursday November 5th can watch as the first units of the caravan begin arriving about an hour after dawn. Over 2 dozen types of exotic and domestic animals, featuring a large traveling zoo, are unloaded, fed and watered and made available for viewing. Adding to the excitement, is the final and most popular experience of all, as humans, elephants and technology work side-by-side to erect America's most spectacular and largest circus Big Top.

The performers are artists from around the world, including the United States, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Russia and Italy. Acts consist of aerial trapeze, high wire, motorcycle acrobatic teams, jugglers and clowns, along with performing elephants, camels, dogs and horses.

Special for 2009 is our award winning clown and worldrenowned "King of Comedy" Alex, who will entertain you with hilarious high bounding feats on the trampoline.

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