Circus comes to town

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:42 AM

From a tiger dancing to the Michael Jackson song “Billie Jean,” to a trapeze act dangling above the crowd, the big top was packed with excitement when the Tri-Cities Kiwanis Club hosted the Kelly Miller Circus for an eighth year.

Earlier in the morning, visitors gathered as Lisa, an Asian elephant, helped bring the big top tent to life.

“It’s great,” said Anna Ansfield, 8.

Ansfield — who attended the circus with her mom, sister and grandmother — said she enjoyed the acts by the tigers and clowns.

Throughout the show, Ringmaster John Moss III announced the coming acts and participated in a skit with clowns.

Moss said he enjoys being part of a tradition and making a lot of friends throughout his journeys.

“I enjoy the travel and not waking up at the same town every day,” he said.

In the midway area, visitors had the chance to ride ponies, camels and elephants.

The annual circus is the principal fundraiser for the Tri-Cities Kiwanis Club, said Bill Swano, chairman of the club's circus committee. All proceeds from the event will go toward the club’s programs such as swimming lessons at the YMCA, Tri-Cities Salmon Tournament benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Community C.H.I.L.L. program and more.

Swano said the best part is giving children the chance to attend the circus that might not otherwise have the opportunity.

As the show entertained with acts like the elephants and the Supreme Juggler, 9-year-old Kendall Word said she enjoyed the men tossing knives through the air.

“It’s sort of dangerous,” she said.

Kendall’s sister, Caroline, agreed they thought the circus was fun.

“It’s amazing,” Caroline said.

For more photos from the circus, see the photo gallery at grandhaventribune.com/photos.

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