The Kelly Miller Circus, founded during the Depression, is marking another milestone this year as it celebrates its 76th anniversary.
Founded in 1938 by Obert Miller and his sons Kelly and Dores, this traditional tented circus has seen the passing of over half of this century and still offers the same great family entertainment it presented in its humble beginnings.
Thanks to the sponsorship of the St. Francois Rotary Club, the all new 2014 edition of the Kelly Miller Circus will be in the area April 10 and 11 with performances at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. both days at the St. Francois County Fairgrounds.
This year’s shows will feature elephants, horses, and a cast of international circus stars under a beautiful circus big top. The tent raising itself is a great free show that will take place at 9:00 a.m. on April 10 and the public is invited.
This season the Kelly Miller circus will travel nearly 10,000 miles and give performances in over 200 cities and towns as it winds across North America from February through October. The new edition promises a more exciting and extravagant exhibition than ever.
The event is a fundraiser for the St. Francois County Rotary Club. Buying tickets in advance means the public can save money as well as support the year-round projects of the local organization.
The charitable projects stay within the county, including an annual scholarship fund. Examples of past projects include building a shed for the SEMO Family Violence Council, remodeling the restroom at Parkland Pregnancy Resource Center, and erecting a handicap-accesible swing set in a city park in Park Hills.
Tickets for the circus are $10 in advance for adults and $6 for children and can be purchased at First State Community Bank (all St. Francois County locations), Belgrade State Bank in Desloge and Farmington, Complete Vision Care in Leadington, Mike’s Market in Bismarck, the Coffee Grill in Leadington, Hastings Unlimited in Farmington, or online at www.kellymillercircus.com.
Tickets purchased on show day at the box office will be $15 for adults and $7 for children.
Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or email@example.com