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Kelly Miller Circus coming to town March 22

By J.J. Smith. The newest version of the 72-year-old Kelly Miller Circus will arrive for its annual show in Royse City for two performances under their big top tent March 22 in front of Anita Scott Elementary School, south of I-30 at Circle Dr.

The Circus director is John Ringling North II, whose great uncles were the famous Ringling Brothers, who started the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, the nation’s largest and most famous circus.

Performances will be at 4:30 and 7:30 pm. Advance tickets are available at the Royse City City Hall,  Exxon Tiger Mart, Stonebrook Learning Center, Royse City Hardware, Video Hits and the Royse City Chamber of Commerce, which is sponsoring the event as a fundraiser.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $6 for children in advance and $14 for adults and $7 for children at the gate.

According to a Circus spokesman, the 25-vehicle show will arrive at about 7:30 am and will begin raising their big-top tent which seats 1,500 people at about 9 am with the help of the elephants. Residents are invited to watch.

Featured acts in the program include the trained elephants, tigers, Belgian/Percheron horses and Eskimo Husky dogs; high-wire trapeze artists, jugglers, clowns and much more.

Started in 1938 by Obert Miller and his sons, Kelly and Dory, the Al G. Kelly Miller Brothers Circus – now known simply as Kelly Miller – has entertained millions of American and Canadian citizens.

From 1984 through 2006, David Rawls, president and third generation circus performer directed Kelly-Miller Circus.  In 2007, North II took over the reins.

Born into this most famous of circus families, he grew up on the “Greatest Show on Earth,” learning circus operation from his father Henry Ringling North, and Uncle John Ringling North.

For more info, contact the Royse City Chamber of Commerce at972-636-5000.

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