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Circus Coming to Nearby Lyons on Thursday

Tigers, elephants, camels and clowns... oh my! The Kelly Miller Circus will come to Lyons Township for a show in Lyons' Smith Park later this week.

Typically, if residents of the La Grange area are headed east to see elephants, tigers and camels, they're en route to Brookfield Zoo.

But that experience moves about a mile south of the zoo this Thursday when the Kelly Miller Circus sweeps into Lyons' Smith Park (Lawndale Avenue and 42nd Street) for two shows organized by the Lyons Parks and Recreation Department.

Kelly Miller is a travelling circus out of Oklahoma founded in 1938. The circus travels with a 25-vehicle fleet and puts up a 40-foot high big top tent for its one-ring show that features exotic animals (including elephants and tigers), dancing dogs, classic-style clowns and various acrobats, among other acts.

"We haven't really had a big event like this in town," said Eric Lawhead, director of the Lyons Parks and Recreation Department. "It's a good opportunity to bring something fun in at an inexpensive cost, bring some fun to the residents.

"We've heard nothing but good reviews of the show... It's a good opportunity to get out and see a circus [with] your family without having to go downtown or anything."

The show starts with a tent-raising on Thursday at 9:00 a.m., where one of the elephants helps raise the main pole. Two identical shows will follow, one at 4:30 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Lyons Village Hall, 4200 Lawndale Ave., Lyons. Presale tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children aged 2-11 years. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased on September 19 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.. Tickets will also be on sale at the Kelly Miller Box Office on Thursday, September 20 for $15 for adults and $7 for children aged 2-11 years.

clm1950 September 19, 2012 at 02:40 AM
The USDA cited Kelly Miller for failure to provide veterinary care to an elephant named Libby, who had a painful oozing puncture wound that pierced her ear, and failure to provide foot care to an elephant named Nina, who had a long, deep crack in her toenail and whose toenails had not been trimmed in a while. Captivity-induced foot problems and arthritis are the leading reasons for euthanasia of captive elephants. Miller leases their elephants from the Carson and Barnes Circus headquartered in Hugo OK. Currently, 4 C&B elephants, including Nina, are being held in state mandated isolation in Wisconsin because one of them tested positive for exposure to TB. Please don't take your children to a circus that uses wild animal acts.
Darren McRoy September 19, 2012 at 02:50 AM
I can't speak to this either way, although for the circus' perspective, they do have a statement about animal care on their website: http://www.kellymillercircus.com/animal_care.php
Cj Ellie September 19, 2012 at 10:20 AM
The Kelly Miller Circus didn’t mention anything on their website about the 3 tigers that got lose and bit a horse last year or for not have enough personnel to handle the elephants while giving the public rides. They also will discount this video of Becky being trained to perform circus tricks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iouGQD6lf6A House of Representative bill 3359 the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act has been submitted to congress with picture and video evidence and scientific data proving that traveling circus cannot provide humane care for their exotic animals. http://federalcircusbill.org/index.php
Bruno Fontana September 19, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Thanks for the info C & CJ. I'm with you in spades on this. Sadly most people who go wont see your info (lemmings). For the well informed consumer who does, maybe make it a point to mention to the help concerns and certainly bring your camera phones in case any neglect is spotted. "Dancing dogs"...dogs are not meant to dance!

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