Published DateLACONIA — The Kelly Miller Bros. Circus, founded during the Depression, is marking another milestone this year as it celebrates its 75th anniversary.
Founded in 1938 by Obert Miller and his sons, Kelly and Dores, this traditional tented circus has seen the passing of the millennium and still offers the same great family entertainment it presented in its humble beginnings. While the show in 1938 was little more than the Miller family, some ponies, and a couple of monkeys, they still moved about the country, as they do today, in trucks and went through the same routine each day of setting up and giving performances in a new town.
The all new 2013 season will feature elephants, horses, llamas, camels, clowns, and a host of international circus stars, but each morning the public gets an altogether different kind of show as the circus lot comes to life. Circus trucks pull onto the lot in the early morning hours, animals are unloaded, stakes are driven and elephants lift the giant Big Top into the air.
Best of all, the public is welcomed to watch this entire spectacle free of charge. In fact, after the first of the four massive main poles that support the Big Top are set in place, the public is invited to step into the tent and see men and beasts complete their work. A knowledgeable circus veteran will be on hand to explain the action and answer questions about circus life.
This season the Kelly Miller Bros. Circus will travel nearly 10,000 miles and give performances over 200 cities and towns as it winds across North America from Marchthrough October. The all new edition promises a more exciting and extravagant exhibition than ever. Everyone is iinvited to step back in time as the Kelly Miller Bros. Circus brings the history and tradition of the old fashioned circus to Laconia on Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6, thanks to the sponsorship of the American Legion Post 1.
Performances will be at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 2,5 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Memorial Park Field, and the tent raising will begin at approximately 9 a.m. on Friday.
Advance tickets are available at American Legion Post 1- Laconia, Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, Patrick's Pub, Weirs Beach Citgo & The Citizen Office.
Tickets bought in ddvance are $ 10 for Adults and $6 for children. Tickets purchased on show day at the Circus Box Office will be $15 for adults
and $7 for children.
Tigers will perform when the Kelly Miller Circus comes to Laconia on July 5-6. (Courtesy photo)