Circus time for Craig

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Cotton candy and clowns: two things that aren't usually associated with Craig. But this weekend, for one night only, residents will have just when the circus comes to town.

On Sunday night, the Moffat County Fairgrounds will host the Jordan World Circus and all the high-wire acts and raucous performances it has to offer.

A spokesperson from the circus could not be reached for comment. However, an informational packet outlines some of the attractions.

Among this year's main attractions are circus elephants.

The Asian elephants that will be featured at the circus weigh at 8,000 pounds. Spectators will be able to witness these massive animals stand on their hind legs at the beck and call of animal trainers.

The elephants in the circus have been in training since they were 3 years old. Most of the elephants are between 30 and 40 years old.

Another of the circus' attractions this year is performer Karoly Zeman.

Zeman has been training to be a circus performer since he was 12 years old, when he began attending the Hungarian State Circus School in Budapest.

While attending the circus school, he bought his first BMX bike. Riding became Zeman's passion and he tied it in with circus performing.

Now, Zeman is one of few BMX circus performers and the only performer to have an act featuring a double somersault on his bike.

The Jordan World Circus will be at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Sunday, June 11. The show starts at 5:30 p.m. Free children's tickets are available at local businesses and adult tickets are $16 at the main gate.

Another circus attraction is not for the faint of heart, or rather for those with sensitive nostrils.

Because the circus has so many exotic animals -- its lineup features lions, tigers, elephants and llamas -- the Jordan World Circus ends up with a lot of manure.

In an unusual act of gift giving, the circus will give away as much manure as Craig's farmers can handle.

Christina Currie, the executive director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce, said the circus is a good family event.

"In Craig people say there's nothing to do," Currie said. "This is something unique that is family oriented."

"I went last year and the year before," she added. "It is a very interesting show."

Dominic Graziano can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or dgraziano@craigdailypress.com.

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