The Kelly Miller Circus will set up its tents Wednesday, Aug. 5 at Trail Marker Park in Woodville. Performances will be held at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30.p.m.
The circus company, as it is known now, was started in 1938 by Obert Miller and his sons, Kelly and Dory, as the Al G. Kelly Miller Brothers Circus. In 2007, John Ringling North II took control of the operations of the circus. He is the great-nephew of the famous Ringling brothers.
Early on the morning of shows, the elephants can be seen raising the Italian-made big top amid the 25 vehicles that the circus uses to transport itself all over the United States and Canada. According to the Kelly Miller Circus Web site, returning acts include the Casey McCoys tigers, a greatly enlarged Loyal Riding Troupe, master of the Rola Bola Fridman Torales, the KM Performing Elephants, clown Raul Olivares, and Cainan Eskimo Dogs.
New acts for 2009 are clowns Steve and Ryan, aerialist Courtney Heidenreich in an Aerial Ballet number, Miss Elaina's Hula Hoops, The Gauchos of Argentina, The Flying Fernandez, the world-famous Fusco Brothers Juggling, Trampoline Leaping from Brazil, and Reyna Vaenz Trapeze.
The WSOS Senior Center is sponsoring the circus visit as a fund-raiser for senior centers in Clyde, Fremont, Gibsonburg and Woodville.
According to Denise Maye at the Woodville Senior Center, the reasoning behind having the circus come to town is, “The circus is a fun event that everyone in the family can enjoy. Grandparents, parents and children can all attend and build memories together that will last a lifetime.”
The senior centers in Sandusky County provide services such as congregate lunchtime meals at senior centers; home-delivered meals to the homebound; various educational, socialization, and health assessment programs; transportation; and the newest program, a chore service to begin in August.
For more information about the Kelly Miller Circus or senior center programs, call the Woodville Senior Center at 419-849-3636.
Tickets for the circus are $10 for adults and $6 for children in advance and $14 for adults and $7 for children on circus day. Advance tickets are available at Pills ‘n’ Packages in Woodville, the Woodville Town Hall or the Woodville Senior Center.