Circus Pages will be in McMinnville on Saturday for two dazzling performances at the Civic Center. Show times are scheduled for 3 and 7 p.m.
Animals are always a popular part of the show and Circus Pages has four lions, two tigers, four camels and two elephants.
Colleen Pages does much of the animal training, having taken over the elephants from her parents this year. She offers this bit of advice to anyone who might be interested in training an elephant.
“Have plenty of snacks,” said Colleen. “An elephant is an animal that eats probably 90 percent of the day.”
Colleen is also brave enough to step inside the cage with six lions and tigers. She’s then able to get them to perform a routine at the crack of a whip, despite the danger involved.
“I grew up with lions and tigers in the house,” said Colleen. “I didn’t have a puppy as a child. Getting in there does have its moments when they let you know who they are, but it’s usually just a loud roar.”
The globe of death will make its return featuring three motorcycles inside a steel globe. Jimmy Earhart, 13, is one of the riders in this act.
“He’s been riding since he was 4 and he’s one of our more daring riders,” said Colleen.
Kevin the Clown is new to the circus this year, as is a seesaw act where performers flip onto each other’s shoulders.
Two children are admitted free with each paying adult.