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Circus presents death-defying shows
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There were elephant rides, acrobatics, and plenty of peanuts to go around when the circus came to town Saturday night for two shows at McMinnville Civic Center.The nightcap was a packed house with the audience filling the main floor and a large portion of the Civic Center balcony.Florida-based Circus Pages has been making annual trips to McMinnville for around a decade with its unique blend of family fun. Circus Pages begins its tour in mid-January and visits 250 cities before taking a break in the fall.“We’re fresh right now, but we’ll be worn out by the end,” said ringleader James Earhart.Jungle Jorge and the Lovely Colleen began the show by entering a cage filled with lions and tigers and getting the savage beasts to perform tricks. A massive white lion named Achilles was more than willing to oblige as he sat on another lion then posed atop a revolving disco ball at the end of the routine.The Sensational Luis was a new act this year and he showed his upper-body strength by walking on his hands up steps to a platform.