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Circus comes back to town
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It’s the one time of year elephants and lions will be in town.
The circus is coming to McMinnville Civic Center for its annual show this Saturday. Show times are 3 and 7 p.m.
Ringleader James Earhart will direct a captivating show that features everything from trained lions and elephants to the amazing globe of death where motorcycles ride upside down in a steel sphere.
Some new acts are in store, including B.B. the Clown, who is new to Circus Pages this year after working for Ringling Brothers. There’s also a new foot juggling act and a hand balancing act.
“The hand balancing is really neat,” said Earhart. “It ends with the big trick of stacking four wooden chairs on a table and then balancing on the top with a hand stand. He’s about 16 to 18 feet in the air at the end.”
There’s also a new horse routine featuring a miniature horse and a regular horse. It culminates with the miniature horse trotting underneath the bigger horse on a pedestal.
Earhart is popular himself with his juggling routine and his dog show that features a dog which leaps from a high dive. His skit with a dog that can jump rope has caused some people to try and imitate him.
“I’ve had people come up to me and say, ‘Ever since your show, we’ve been trying to train our dog to jump rope and we can’t seem to do it,’” said Earhart. “The dog show is always pretty popular. I guess it’s because so many people have dogs and can relate to it. They can’t relate to training an elephant.”
Circus Pages is one month into a grueling schedule that began Jan. 13. The circus performs two shows a day, seven days a week, and will visit some 250 towns by the end of its season.
Between Jan. 13 and July 4, Circus Pages only has four days off on Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
“Right now we’re fresh,” said Earhart. “But by the end of it, we’ll be exhausted.”
Circus Pages was started by Jose Pages in Cuba in the 1960s. There are 14 family members who still work for the show.
Two children are admitted free to the circus with every paying adult. Admission is $15 for adults.