Circus returns to Gainesville
The circus is back in Gainesville for the first time in six years.
Cole Bros. Circus Of The Stars will perform in the Oaks Mall parking lot at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. today and Tuesday.
Chris Connors, performance director and ringmaster, said the circus is been the world’s largest and oldest big-top circus.
Connors said he has welcomed audiences to the circus about 50,000 times and expects audiences to be wowed by the tigers, elephants and motorcycles in the show.
“How many times are you going to see a man get shot out of a cannon at a speed of 65 mph right over your head?” he said.
Although Connors said the circus holds some of its old charm, changes have been made over the years to entice younger generations.
“It’s hard to compete with DVDs, computers and computer games,” he said. “Someday they may have a ring master that you can have an app for.”
Tickets can be purchased online at www.gotothecircus.com and at the box office in front of the tent.
Alexa Volland wrote this story online.
This entry was posted in Local
and tagged Cole Bros. Circus
, Oaks Mall
. Bookmark the permalink
More Stories in Local
Justine Andersen’s name was once Dennis. Her journey has changed her body and her outlook on life.
Clouds of orange and blue cornstarch rained down on more than 1,000 University of Florida students and some members of the Gainesville community as they ran through Fraternity Row, leaving Flavet Field behind them. The runners participated in the second annual [...]
After 25 years with the March of Dimes, Betsy Trent is set to retire on March 1. She is the executive director of the north central Florida division, yet no one has been selected to fill her position at this time.
Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network plans to kickstart its expansion project with a ground-breaking ceremony on March 4 in its main outreach office in Gainesville, Fla.
Raquel Rizkalla’s 10th skydive jump ended in severe injury when she failed to properly steer her parachute for landing. The 19-year-old UF sophomore hit a metal fence, causing broken ribs, a shattered pelvis and a broken femur. A month later, the teen looks forward to jumping again even though she can’t currently walk.