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Kelly Miller Circus in town Sunday

Tigers, camels and a human flame thrower coming to Avon.

Once again this year the Kelly Miller Circus will be held on the grounds of the Avon Knights of Columbus located at 1783 Moore Rd. next to in Avon.

Acts including tigers, elephants, trapeze artists, clowns and much more will perform on Sunday, Aug. 5.  At 9 a.m. Sunday, be on hand for the raising of the circus tents using elephant power.  The public is welcome to watch.

A portion of the proceeds raised from the circus will benefit the The Knights plan on using the money to help support the Knights of Columbus Wrestling Tournament in Avon Lake and the Senior Citizen Dinner held at the Knights of Columbus Hall the first week of December. Any left over funds will be put toward student scholarships, John Wesner of the Avon Knights of Columbus, said.

“This is the second year for the circus in Avon hosted by the Knights," Wesner said. “The circus normally features acts with tigers, camels, elephants, trapeze/aerial acts and what I'll term a human flame thrower.”

And of course a circus is not a circus unless there are clown acts and they will be on hand as well. Camel rides and pony rides will also be available for a fee.  

 Show times are 2 p.m .and 5 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults; $6 for children under 12 (pre-circus) and $15 for adults, $7 for children (day of circus).  For tickets, call 440-934-6358; Ray’s Auto & Truck Service, 440-934-4318; Cobos Insurance, 440-324-3732;  Smokers Outlet, 440-949-5500; Tom Michelich, 440-871-5118 or , 440-933-3152.

Kim August 05, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Anyone who goes to an animal circus should be ashamed of themselves so supporting the blatant cruelty that goes on. The video Cj mentioned is disgusting...that guy should have the bullhook and electric prod used on him!
BanCircusAnimals August 05, 2012 at 06:59 AM
Public safety should be seriously considered when employing shows with dangerous animals. Last July the USDA cited the tiger exhibitor traveling with the Kelly Miller Circus for violating the Animal Welfare Act when three tigers escaped from their transport cages. A horse was bitten by one of the tigers and it took roughly 30 minutes to safely contain the tigers. The escape was a serious threat to the public's safety and to other animals. http://tinyurl.com/kmcircus Animals in circuses and traveling shows are subject to inhumane confinement: magnificent big cats like lions and tigers are housed in cramped cages and let out only to "perform", majestic elephants are shackled and chained in trucks and train box cars; training methods utilize violence, fear, and intimidation to make animals perform ridiculous unnatural stunts. Not only is the physical abuse appalling, but the deprivation of any natural behaviors, choices and instincts is cruel. The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, HR 3359, is a federal bill that would amend the Animal Welfare Act to restrict the use of exotic and non-domesticated animals in circuses and traveling shows. http://breakthechainus.com/ The abuse and suffering animals endure in circuses is irrefutable. If we all make a more informed and compassionate choice we can end this abuse and cruelty. Please do not support, promote, employ and attend circuses that use animals.
Paul C. August 05, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Please, please do not go to this circus!! These animals are treated like garbage. If you do go, remember the suffering they go through for YOUR entertainment. I plead with the Knights of Columbus to find some other way to raise money.
Katrina K August 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM
I know what you all mean the circus is coming to our town and I don't like it I guess our chamber of commerce is not educated on the history of this circus.I made them aware of it and any person who reads my comment if they don't delete it ....No one should support the circus it's just so wrong.People do not go to a circus and support cruelty to animals!
Cj Ellie August 25, 2012 at 06:43 PM
The circus is a master of illusions but ignorance is not bliss anymore. It is not OK for parents to ignore the evidences of the cruel treatment involved in training wild animals to force them to perform circus trick. The circus doesn't beat these animals when people are looking they hide it. The inhumane lives these wild animals live just to entertain families and to profit the circus is morally, socially and ethically wrong. If children knew how the animals they love are beaten and shocked to do circus tricks you would not be able to drag them to the circus.

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