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Complete with giant shoes, bright red hair, wire-rimmed glasses, and a black-and-white-striped shirt, J. Phineas Ballyhoo, the advance clown and goodwill ambassador of the Kelly Miller Circus paid a visit to Oregon Tuesday, July 23.

The Clay High School Alumni Association welcomed the lead clown, better known as “J. P. Ballyhoo,” and took the entertainer around to meet and greet children in East Toledo and Oregon.

While entertaining children at day care centers, ice cream stores, and the Oregon public library, Mr. Ballyhoo promoted the upcoming Kelly Miller Circus, which is coming to Clay High School Wednesday, Aug. 7. The circus will be performing two shows – 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. that day.

J. Phineas Ballyhoo the clown (John Sayre), of the Kelly Miller Circus
entertains Aubrey Stukenborg, Emily Schultz, Abby Stukenborg and
Hannah Schultz at the Oregon Library. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)

J.P. Ballyhoo made certain to let everyone know there will be three elephants in the show and children can arrive an hour early before the show if they would like to take a ride on one of the elephants. He noted there will be camel rides too.

As advance clown, Mr. Ballyhoo, said he enjoys telling the children and parents about the circus, which he described as a family show.

“Kelly Miller Circus is owned by John Ringling North II, a direct descendant of the famed Ringling Brothers Circus family,” he said. “Our show is performed in a style that you don’t see anymore. It is reminiscent of the circus shows from many years past, so both young and old can enjoy the entertainment.”

The circus show coming to Oregon will feature Steve and Ryan, the famed clowns who starred for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. “Steve and Ryan have a unique brand of zany humor and a lot of old fashioned clowning to entertain those who come to the show,” Mr. Ballyhoo said.

The circus invites the greater Oregon community to come out to Clay High School on the morning of Aug. 7, to watch the big tent being raised by the elephants at 9 a.m.

In addition to elephants and camels, the 2013 circus will feature performing tigers and zebras, along a slew of amazing acts, including aerialists winging and flying through the air, musicians, dancers, magicians, and jugglers. The finale will include a birthday party celebrating 75 years of sensational circus.

Tickets for the Kelly Miller Circus can be purchased in advance at the Oregon Board of Education office, the Maumee Bay General Store, the Maumee Bay Veterinarian Hospital and 2nd Avenue Hair & Nail Salon. Proceeds from the advance ticket sales benefit the Clay High School Alumni Association. Advance circus tickets are $10 for adults and under 12 years of age are $6. On the day of the circus, adult tickets are $15 and under 12 are $7.

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Clay High School Alumni and Friends are bringing the Kelly Miller Circus – America’s One Ring Wonder – to Clay High School for two shows Aug. 7. The circus, founded in 1938, is celebrating 75 years of providing old-fashioned family entertainment.




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