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Traveling 5-ring circus comes to Ferrell Center

April 8, 1997

By Dax Schymick

Lariat Reporter

The faint smell of corn dogs accompanied by the sight of tigers begins today at the Ferrell Center at 4:30 p.m.

The Carson and Barnes Circus is the only five-ring circus on the road that includes all the traditional elements of a typical old-time circus with more than 100 performers and approximately 100 exotic and domestic animals, including 20 Asian and African elephants.

The show is sponsored by the student chapter of the American Marketing Association at the University (AMA).

'We are bringing America's biggest, best and oldest traditional circus to Waco to enable the families of our area to enjoy this wonderful experience,' said Charlotte Gabriel, president of the AMA and a Englewood, Colo., senior. 'The show is suitable and entertaining for children from one to 100 years of age. It is rated 'G', for totally great.'

Performances are at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. today through Thursday in the parking lot of the Ferrell Center. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children and can be purchased at the Ferrell Center box office. For tickets purchased in advance, a large percentage of the proceeds will go to the AMA and for tickets purchased at an increased rate at the door, a smaller portion of proceeds will go to the AMA.

Keeping with the traditional ways of circuses in the past, elephants will be used to lift the big top, which is larger than a football field, allowing for the arrival and unloading of the other circus animals.

Although it might have been a while since students have been to a circus, most still have memories.

'I used to love to go the circus, but my most vivid memory is always being upset because my dad would never buy me one of those glow-in-the-dark things,' April Parker, a Dallas junior, said.

Although some have bad memories of the circus, one student says he appreciates the circus for what it truly is, hard work.

'The circus is not necessarily escape from reality, especially for the acrobats because their job is to defy gravity,' Jon Marc McDonald, a Fort Worth sophomore, said.

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