Aurora Masonic Lodge 606 reports its Kelly Miller Circus fundraiser on July 20 was a big success for the fourth year in a row, with more than 1,800 persons from Aurora and surrounding areas attending the two shows.
The circus had an open date July 19, so the caravan of trucks arrived at at Ballfields 1 and 2 a day early. The circus did not erect the tent until the morning of the shows, so on July 19 circus personnel enjoyed shopping at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets and visiting other Aurora businesses.
On July 20, an estimated 300 persons came out to see the new big top tent go up and experience viewing the animals up close.
When persons arrived at the grounds later in the day, they were greeted by an antique calliope which many people had never seen before, and it became an instant backdrop for pictures.
The extra attraction added greatly to the people's enjoyment of the circus, according to Masonic Lodge official. Circuses in the early 1900s used a calliope during the parades to attract people to the grounds.
The opening act of Ryan Holder presenting his seven Bengal tigers set the tone, and Mongolian contortionists Amina and Zaia were a crowd favorite. French juggler Nicolas Souren amazed the audience. Each show lasted about two hours, with a 15-minute intermission featuring elephant rides.
"This year is by far the best attended event we've experienced," said Masonic Lodge Worshipful Master Evan Webster. "We're definitely bringing it back in 2015."
Corporate sponsors were All Seasons RV, the Atrium at Anna Maria, Spencer Products, SSIP Insurance Partners and the Tinlin Team Webster also wishes to thank ticket outlets Doogan's, Mantua Grain, the Odyssey, Zeppe's Pizzeria, Richner Hardware and Haylett's Corner Store.