ST. MARYS — The circus is coming to town and visitors can get an up close look at some of nature’s largest creatures while helping local children at the same time.
The St. Marys Rotary Club is bringing the Kelly Miller Circus in for two performances on May 17. The circus, which will have shows at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Skip Baughman Stadium that day, is part of a fundraiser to help the Rotary Club revamp the playground equipment at K.C. Geiger Park.
“Rotary was looking for a project in the local community and our president wanted to refurbish the playground at K.C. Geiger Park,” Rotarian Ron Gorby said. “It’s been a while since we had a circus ... I made some inquiries with some circuses and got Kelly Miller to come to town.”
The circus features the standard fare — elephants, clowns, tigers, clowns and jugglers. Gorby said the show should provide the community with a family friendly atmosphere.
“It’s always an adventure when the circus comes to town,” Gorby said.
“They use elephants to raise the tent up in the morning and that always attracts a crowd. It’s really a nice event and will help give us money to upgrade the playground equipment.”
The St. Marys Rotary Club has a long history of sponsoring community events that benefit the area.
The club has long sponsored the Halloween costume contest and parade as well as providing free dictionaries to local students.
“We’ve always been involved in community projects,” Gorby said. “We also do some international projects, but I feel the community projects are the most important aspect of what we do.”
Presale tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children and are available at The Evening Leader, Minster Bank, Pantry Pride, TLC Learning Center, Family Video, Kroger, St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce and online at KellyMillerCircus.com. Tickets the day of the show are $15 for adults and $7 for children. The public also is invited to watch the elephants raise the big top at 9 a.m. the day of the shows.
“The Kelly Miller Circus puts on a quality show,” Gorby said.
“It’s one of the bigger shows and it’s not too often that we get a circus to come to town ... I think the kids will get a kick out of it and we can raise some money for new playground equipment at K.C. Geiger Park. It’s a win-win for all.”