Circus produces smiles

Smiles, cotton candy and elephants reigned supreme Monday night as the 2005 Jordan World Circus came to town and performed at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

This year's circus included a tightrope walker, camels, acrobats and of course, elephants.

The Jordan World Circus has traveled all over the country. Based in Las Vegas, the circus has 60 traveling members, owner Jody Jordan said.

Jordan, who is a third-generation owner of the circus, said the circus travels from January to mid-November. He estimated he puts 35,000 miles in every year.

"We don't hit every state," he said, "but we do go to quite a few and Canada."

Jordan said the toughest part is scheduling the events, but he said it is all worth it in the end.

"I love seeing some of the kids happy and excited," he said. "We get a chance to show them a good time."

Jordan said Craig is a great place to have the circus because he expected families would come from all over the area.

The Cobb family came from Savery, Wyo., to take in the events.

"We came to the one last year," Jack Cobb said. "The kids enjoyed it so we thought we'd try it again."

Jack's wife, Diana, came for a different reason.

"I like the elephants," she said.

Heidi Bohny brought her family to the circus because she remembered how much she enjoyed it when she was little.

Heidi's daughter, Katie, was excited for one thing.

"We like seeing the animals," she said.

Several patrons were first timers to the circus. John La and Su Wang thought they would check out the circus, because they had heard about it in previous years.

"We heard about the circus, and it's exciting to see," La said.

One of the highlights of the night was when Brett Carden brought out his elephants for the finale.

Carden, who is from Springfield, Mo., owns three elephants, three camels and several horses.

Carden said he got into the circus because his father owns the Shrine Circus.

Carden's father owned the elephants when he was young and passed them to his son.

He said he grew up with the animals and said people should feel lucky to see elephants.

"You can't bring them (elephants) into the country," he said.

"They're only in circuses and the zoo anymore."

When the two-hour show finished, most of the people left with a smile -- and most left seeing what they wanted to see.

"I loved the elephants," Diana Cobb said.

To contact Luke Graham call 824-7031 or e-mail lgraham@craigdailypress.com

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