No lions in Lyons, tigers instead

September 25, 2012 by  

The Kelly Miller Circus rolled into Lyons, Illinois on Thursday, September 21, with the kind of tent show most people only know from the movies.

Obert Miller and his sons, Dory and Kelly, founded what is now known as the Kelly Miller Circus in 1938. David Miller, a “third generation circus performer”, was the circus’ director from 1984 – 2006. Then, in 2007, another famous name in circuses took over – John Ringling North II, who is the great nephew to the Ringling Brothers of the world-famous ‘Ringling Brothers – Barnum and Bailey Circus’.

The Kelly Miller Circus is a traditional show that performs under a big top, seating 1,500 people. The show uses a twenty-five vehicle fleet when it travels and needs at least 90,000 square feet of space to set up properly. In Lyons, it set up the big top in Smith Park, where the town’s residents could enjoy a close look at the way a circus operates. The show features such familiar circus acts as trapeze artists, clowns, jugglers, and, of course, exotic animals like elephants and tigers.

Poster printing is vital to a traveling show like the Kelly Miller Circus. Posters can be ordered and printed well in advance of the show’s arrival in Lyons, to spread the word and build enthusiasm for the event. Once the show is in town, additional posters can provide the information the circus needs to draw its audience, including the location of the tent, performance times, and admission prices. Without publicity, no performing organization can survive and posters are perfect for capturing the fun and excitement of an old-fashioned circus.

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