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Carson & Barnes Circus returns to Morris on Sept. 8

MORRIS – The Globe of Death riders and the “Smallest Elephant in the World” are among attractions coming to town Sept. 8 when the Carson & Barnes Circus arrives.

The big top, family-owned circus of 78 years has scheduled a pair of two-hour shows at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Grundy County Fairgrounds, 8890 N. Illinois Route 47.

“We have a traditional circus under the big top,” owner Barbara Miller-Byrd said. “We think, if you don’t have a big top and elephant, you aren’t a true circus.”

Tickets can be bought for a reduced price of $14 a adult and $8 a child at before Sept. 8. Tickets can be purchased at the box office of the circus for an extra $2 each ticket.

Using a downloadable coupon, one child can enter free for each adult ticket purchased.

Reserved seats are an additional $3 a ticket, and premium box seats can be bought for an extra $6 a ticket.

The circus will include traditional attractions such as clowns, acrobats, jugglers, rides, popcorn and animals. But the show’s centerpiece is the Carson & Barnes Asian elephants.

Other exotic animals on display before the shows start include a Sicilian donkey, llamas, zebras, an alpaca, camels and pygmy goats.

Performances include Flying Cavallini’s “Smallest Elephant in the World,” Rosales Family Juggling Legend, Masters of Magic and Illusion, Canine Capers, Equines of Excellence featuring Appaloosa Stallions. Arial Ballot, Teenage Singing Sensations and the Spectacular Ponderous Pachyderms.

The newest addition is the Globe of Death riders, who drive their motorcycles around and upside down inside a big metal globe.

The circus previously performed in Morris in August of 2012.

It also came in 2007, 2005 and 2001.

“Morris has historically been a good place for us,” Miller-Byrd said. “We like a community that enjoys wholesome family entertainment. It’s a good all-American city with lots of families.”

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