Scenes from the circus

Published on: January 9, 2019

Scenes from the circus

PHOTOS BY STEPHEN FLANAGAN JACKSON

The International Independent Showmen’s Association held their annual charity circus last Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Showmen’s Club in Gibsonton. For 35 years this circus has been wowing the crowds and amazing everyone in attendance. Aside from the elephant, horse and dog acts, there were daredevils, trapeze, fireeaters and clown acts.

The midway was also open with carnival food, elephant rides and exhibits for everyone.

STEPHEN FLANAGAN JACKSON PHOTOS
Above the crowd
Gina Alayne entertained visitors at the annual Showmen’s Charity Circus before entering the big top during three packed shows last Saturday in Gibsonton.

One of the several Circus Model Builders (CMB), above, provided handmade, homemade displays of circus and carnival models at the annual IISA charity circus Jan. 5 in Gibsonton. The CMB is an international group whose mission statement is: Educating the public and preserving the history of the circus through building, collecting and displaying of circus models. The local group is known as the Diamond Jim Parker Ring.

Gentle elephants gave unusual bouncy rides to visitors to the circus at Gibtown Saturday. Other animals also providing fun rides were ponies and camels.

Keeping the human and animal acts moving under the colorful klieg lights during the three Saturday performances under the big top Saturday were, from left, Master of Ceremonies Lee Stevens the producer of the charity-benefitting circus and chairman of the sponsoring International Independent Showmens’ Association; Ringmaster John Kane is to his right.

Hey, Buddy, got a light? This act awed the circus crowd with smoky fire-eating and fire-twirling escapades.

The Circus Band entertained the jam-packed big top during each of the three performances Saturday afternoon with traditional and lively big top music.

This daredevil did more than just sit down on the job to the amazement of about 2,000 spectators sitting ringside at each of the three circus performances Saturday in Gibsonton.

The big crowds at the three performances under the big top tent and equipment donated by Serge Coronas of Circus Hollywood enjoyed seeing the elephants directed by Wayne Frazen perform in the ring with this gal astride.

The big crowds at the three performances under the big top tent and equipment donated by Serge Coronas of Circus Hollywood enjoyed seeing the elephants directed by Wayne Frazen perform in the ring with this gal astride.

Directing traffic in the ring for three motorcyclist daredevils in the spinning steel cage provided a loud delight to the crowds under the big top.

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