By Cathy Lirette
For the third year in a row, the Northwest Jefferson County Chamber is bringing the circus back to town.
Come April 23, children of all ages will be able to gather at Valley Middle School in House Springs to enjoy circus acts including aerial acrobatics, comedy capers, juggling, dancing animals, rope spinning and more.
“There will be two different shows so that no one misses anything,” said Danny Tuggle, president of the Chamber and organizer of the circus. “There’s going to be a lot to see and we don’t want anyone to be left out.”
This is the third year that the chamber has held the event, each time contracting with the Kelly Miller Circus out of Oklahoma. Kelly Miller was established in 1938 and since that time has become the 2nd largest Big Top show in America.
“We’ve sold out every year as people really seem to like them,” Tuggle said. “We hope to do it again this year as well.”
He explained that the circus is a fundraiser for the Chamber. It helps raise money for to pay for scholarships, daily operations, and community events such as the Christmas parade, Career Day and the toy drive. Funds will also be used for the upcoming Eclipse event held Aug. 21 at Deer Creek USA Golf Course.
“The last two years we made about $5,000 and we’d like to make that much this year,” Tuggle said. “It will all depend on how many adults and children turn out.”
Cost of the two-hour show is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 3-12 and free for those two and under if purchased in advance. The price will increase for tickets purchased at the door.
Tickets can be purchased online at the Kelly Miller website, or daily at Eagle Bank in House Springs and Cedar Hill, Rockwood Bank in High Ridge, Bi-State Landscaping, Jilly’s Café and Steakhouse, and at the Chamber office on Wednesdays.
The Chamber will also be selling tickets on April 15 and 22 at select stations at Walmart in High Ridge, Buchheit in House Springs, Farm and Home Supply in High Ridge.
Only 2,200 tickets will be available for purchase, so it is advised to get the tickets for either the 2 p.m. or 5 p.m. show as soon as possible.
As a special treat, kids can come interract with the animals starting at 9 a.m. that morning while the circus is setting up. If they miss that chance, they will be able to ride several of the animals (for a cost) during intermission.
To find out more, call the Northwest Jefferson County Chamber at 636-671-8010, Danny Tuggle at 314-614-7720 or visit www.kellymillercircus.com.