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Strap on those spurs and saddle up, pardner. The Kelly Miller Circus is coming to town. The Oklahama-based Kelly Miller Circus has been coming to Kelleys Island for eight years, but this year there’s a special twist: The Wild West. This format features new acts as well as some old favorites and culminates in a Wild West Patriotic Salute to the USA.
“[People] should come to the circus because it is one form of entertainment that truly pleases all generations,” said Jim Royal, general manager of the Kelly Miller Circus.
Returning to the big top this year is juggler Raul Olivares, aerialist Nikita, fire-eater, Brian La Palme, Casey McCoy’s tigers and the Silk Road camels.
New for this year is a rope spinner Joel Falk, Fridman Torales’ Loop Walk, Bollywood dancers, Lyra Aerial Ballet by the North Starlets, clowns Steve and Ryan, Caroline Rice’s Dog and Pony Review and La Palme’s prodigy Jeremiah Cook.
The intimacy of the venue-a 150 foot-by-150-foot tent with one ring-lends to the excitement and majesty of the two-hour performance. What makes Kelly Miller so unique is the closeness to the action.
“Under our tent audiences can see the expressions on the performers’ faces,” Royal said. “We like to say they are so close that our elephants can steal their popcorn.”
Speaking of elephants, a circus isn’t complete without them, and the Kelly Miller Circus doesn’t disappoint. Come early to watch the elephants put up the big top on the first day (around 9 a.m.) and stay to watch them perform in the show.
“There is a special magic when seeing the circus in a ‘big top,’ completely different from seeing it in some huge arena designed for ice hockey or basketball,” Royal said.