PHILLIPSBURG — The magic of the old fashioned Big Top Circus is alive and well thanks to the hard working men and women of the Kelly Miller Circus. This traditional tented circus has been delighting audiences across the United States and Canada since 1938, and this season’s all new edition provides an exhibition more exciting and extravagant than ever.
The Kelly Miller Brothers Circus will be at the Phillipsburg Airport grounds on Sunday, May 15 with performances at 2 and 5 p.m. sponsored by the Phillipsburg Airport for the benefit of the Civil Air Patrol. Tent raising will begin at approximately 9 a.m. on Circus Day.
Performances of the Kelly Miller Circus feature an elephant, camels, zebras and a roster of international circus stars, but each morning the public gets an altogether different kind of show as the circus lot comes to life. As trucks pull onto the lot from the town the circus performed in the night before, animals are unloaded, stakes are driven, and the giant Big Top is erected into the air. The public is welcome to enjoy this entire spectacle free of charge. A knowledgeable circus veteran will be on hand to explain all the magical things going on and answer questions about circus life.
The manner in which the Kelly Miller Circus operates has changed little since Obert Miller and his two sons left their home in Kansas to start a circus in 1938. While the show back then was little more than the Miller family, some ponies, and a couple of monkeys, they still moved about the country on trucks and went through the same routine each day of setting up and giving performances in a new town.
This season the Kelly Miller Circus will travel nearly 10,000 miles and give performances in over 200 cities and towns as it winds across North America from March to October. Everyone is invited to step back in time as the Kelly Miller Circus brings the history and tradition of the old fashioned circus to life at each stop along the way.
Advance tickets can be purchased at Brookville Auto Parts, Bulldog Diner, K’s Restaurant, Phillipsburg Airport or online at www.kellymillercircus.com. Tickets bought in advance are $12 for adults and $6 for children. Tickets purchased on show day are $16 for adults and $8 for children.