LYONS – The circus is coming to town, big top and all.
The village of Lyons will sponsor performances by the Kelly Miller Circus – one of the few traveling circuses remaining in the United State – Sept. 2 and 3 at Smith Park, according to a news release.
The Kelly Miller Circus first came to Lyons in 2012, and Lyons Mayor Chris Getty said he hopes to have it return every two years.
All proceeds from ticket sales will be allocated to the Parks and Recreation Department, according to the release.
Getty said he believes it is important for the village to hold events that bring the community together and to establish neighborhood traditions.
The circus will perform directly across from Village Hall on Lawndale Avenue. Each day will feature performances at 4:30 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. rain or shine.
Advance tickets cost $10 for adults (ages 12 and older) and $6 for kids (ages 2 to 11). Tickets are currently for sale at the front counter at Lyons Village Hall.
Attendees of the circus can see performances from a trapeze artist, performers on a 40-foot high wire, fire eaters, clowns, jugglers, tiger tamers and more.
The Kelly Miller Circus was established in 1938 and will celebrate 76 years of performances this year. The circus has also been known to draw protests by animal rights groups and supporters who have claimed poor treatment by staff of the animal performers. The Kelly Miller Circus denies these claims.