Monday was circus day in Greenville as the Kelly Miller Circus set up at the Bond County Fairgrounds for two shows.
The circus was brought to town by Bond County Habitat For Humanity.
Pre-kindergarten students from the Greenville Elementary School toured the circus grounds Monday morning and saw the big tent go up.
For the shows, Larry Sayler from Habitat For Humanity, served as the honorary ringmaster. He knows the circus very well, having graduated from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College.
WGEL talked to circus ringmaster Rebecca Ostroff about the universal appeal of a circus. She said children of all ages love the circus. Older folks come for the nostalgia. She also said young adults come because it’s a “cool, non-traditional” event. She said once they’re there, people fall in love with the circus, “because it is such a universal, positive, entertaining experience.”
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Since the circus was in Greenville on Monday, it was a big benefit to local businesses. Ostroff said Monday is grocery day for the circus crew. They also refuel on Monday and many visit the post office and laundromats. She said many remembered the hospital auxiliary’s thrift shop from their previous visit and stopped by Monday.
Those attending the circus in Greenville had the chance to see a new baby horse, born early Monday morning.