This morning the Kelly Miller Circus arrived in Middlefield, OH. This family friendly circus with approximately 85 employees, travelling in 35 vehicles, took only 2 1/2 hours to arrive, unload, and setup. It was quite an impressive demonstration of teamwork and cooperation between man, machine and animal. Few words were spoken, mostly hand signals and whistling were used to communicate while the community was welcomed to stand by and watch the open field transform into a circus midway.
While the tent is being set up, other workers setup the concession trailer, and tend to the animals.
As the tent starts to go up around the edges, one worker climbs on top and adjusts some of the poles and lines.
Finally, the sides are raised and the main tent poles are ready to be put into place.
Lisa, the elephant, with the assistance of a small tractor, get ready to raise the main tent poles. Once the main tent poles are raised, Lisa and her trainer appear to have a short conversation. Their heavy work is done.
Once the tent is raised, more work awaits. Grandstands are trucked into the tent, the ticket window goes to work, camels, tigers, horses and elephants are fed and groomed and another day for the circus workers takes shape. Yesterday they were performing in Pennsylvania and after tomorrow’s shows they will move on to another location. It’s an incredible process done extremely efficiently and well.