Carson & Barnes Circus comes to town


The last time the Carson & Barnes Circus performed in Craig, their vehicles got stuck in the mud at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Wrecker trucks came to pull the vehicles out, but they wouldn't budge them. Then the circus workers hooked the elephants to the cars and the giant animals dragged them out easily.

People often think of elephants as merely part of the entertainment, when elephants are part of the circus labor force, Al Shepherd said.

And that's just one of the many things some people don't know about the circus, Shepherd, a member of the Craig Lions Club, said. He encouraged everyone to come out to the circus, Aug. 18, to enjoy some entertainment while supporting the Craig Lions Club, the organizers of the event.

Carson & Barnes Circus, a five-ring extravaganza of 100 exotic and domestic animals and aerial, trapeze and acrobat teams from Peru, Italy and Russia, advertises itself as the biggest "big-top" circus act in the United States.

Yet advance ticket sales here have been going slow, Shepherd said.

Advance tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for children, and both prices increase when bought at the door. The Craig Lions Club also gets a lower percentage from tickets bought at the door.

That's a problem, because the circus is the Craig Lions' primary fund-raiser.

The money the Craig Lions raise there will fund their public service projects, including eyeglasses for the needy, eye examinations for children and the annual 9 Health Fair, Shepherd said.

Advance tickets can be purchased at Jackson's Office Supplies, First National Bank of the Rockies and the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

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