Kelly Miller Cir­cus awed young, old alike

Westside Eagle-Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Eck­els meck­

DE­CATUR — When John Rick­etts brought the first mod­ern cir­cus to the United States in 1793, he brought with it a sense of won­der and a sense of ex­cite­ment that still cap­ti­vates chil­dren of all ages to­day. In much the same way as it did 214 years ago, a cir­cus car­a­van rolled into De­catur be­fore dawn on Fri­day.

The Kelly Miller Cir­cus, based in Hugo, Okla., ar­rived at De­catur Vet­er­ans Park around 7 a.m. By 9 a.m., the big top was raised, the an­i­mals were fed and the small mid­way was set up and ready for the evening per­for­mances.

By 4:30 p.m., the air was filled with the smell of pop­corn, and laugh­ter abounded as the first show be­gan.

Cir­cus-go­ers were treated to an aerial motorcycle dare­devil, a band of gypsy ca­nines, GoGo the world’s smarted ze­bra, Lamount the hu­man vol­cano, Rowdy the mule, and Cindy the ele­phant. Each cap­ti­vated the au­di­ence in its unique and spe­cial way. Each made the cir­cus come alive.

One act that cap­ti­vated the au­di­ence was the Mon­go­lian Masters of Bal­ance fea­tur­ing Mendee and Zaya. Their grace­ful move­ments held the au­di­ence in awe.

Keep­ing the show mov­ing through­out the 90-minute pro­gram were Ring­mas­ter Re­becca Ostroff and mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Ja­son Trull.

As quickly as they ar­rived in De­catur, they were gone. Shortly af­ter mid­night, the tent was packed up, an­i­mals bed­ded down in their trail­ers and the troupe was off to its next stop, Pryor, Okla., be­fore shut­ting down for the win­ter.

This was the sec­ond time the Kelly Miller Cir­cus came to De­catur. Judg­ing from the re­cep­tion re­ceived from De­catur’s res­i­dents, this will not be the last.

The event was spon­sored by the De­catur Cham­ber of Com­merce, the city of De­catur, Handy Mart, Grand Sav­ings Bank and Sim­mons Foods.

Photo by Mike Eck­els

Cindy the ele­phant care­fully holds a rider in her mouth as she walks around the ring dur­ing the Kelly Miller Cir­cus at Vet­er­ans Park in De­catur on Oct. 20.

Photo by Mike Eck­els

Zaya, a mem­ber of the Mon­go­lian Masters of Bal­ance, is sus­pended high over her part­ner Mendee’s head, sup­ported by her teeth.

Photo by Mike Eck­els

Lamount the Hu­man Vol­cano eats fire dur­ing the Kelly Miller Cir­cus at Vet­er­ans Park in De­catur Oct. 20.

Photo by Mike Eck­els

One mem­ber of the Gypsy Rovers and her ca­nine com­pan­ion jump rope in the ring of the Kelly Miller Cir­cus on Oct. 20.

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