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The Circus is Coming to Town ... in Oceanport

The Cole Bros. big tent will go up on Port Au Peck Avenue for shows starting Aug. 13

The circus returns a couple of towns over, in Oceanport, next week as an annual summer fundraiser to benefit the first aid.

The Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars will kick off the first of three days of performances Monday, Aug. 13 at 4:30 p.m., followed by an evening show at 7 p.m.

General admission tickets are $16, reserved seating is $20 per ticket and VIP seating costs $23 each.

According to Carole Connor, co-chair of the event for the , this is the eighth year for the circus and is one of two fundraisers the squad holds throughout the year.

"They keep it fresh," she said of the production, which features elephants, tigers, French poodles, springboard gymnasts, a Russian Barre routine, a magician, the human cannonball, clowns and more.

While she was reluctant to give any exact figures for how much the event brings in, Connor said that they receive a percentage of ticket sales and get a larger portion for those purchased in advance.

Connor said it's been challenging raising money in the poor economy. "We try to do whatever we can," she said.

Cj Ellie August 13, 2012 at 05:11 PM
How many more years are they going to continue to do business with a circus that repeatedly break the law? Cole Bros Circus has pleaded guilty, is on probation, must perform community service and paid a fine of $150,000 back in 2011. Then earlier this year they paid another USDA fine of $15,000 for not providing medical and humane care for elephants and tigers in their care. When did it become OK to promote animal cruelty to raise funds? I don’t understand how the Oceanport First Aid Squad whose mission is to come to the aid of people in need, thinks nothing of promoting and hosting a business that is cruel and injures their animal performer and call it family entertainment for the community. If the Squad believes animals should be treated humanely and not injured they won’t invite Cole back for the 9th year.
Cj Ellie August 13, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Cole Bros has a long and documented USDA history for not providing even minimal care for their performing animals. They repeatedly break the law and are fined or cited over and over again. They consider these USDA fines as the cost of doing business because they have been breaking these laws for decades, knowing that no one will go to jail for animal cruelty, just pay the fine. USDA records are public records, see these violations online. Tim Frisco is the elephant trainer touring with Cole Bros this year, watch him training elephants behind closed doors and out of sight of the public. "You can't do it on the road," Frisco says. "I'm not going to touch her in front of a thousand people." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iouGQD6lf6A If you love animals don’t go to the circus, those animals have only known a lifetime of misery. It is time for Oceanport Squad to find another fundraiser.

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