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ALLEN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT BRINGS CARSON & BARNES CIRCUS BACK TO FT WAYNE SATURDAY JULY 31 & SUNDAY AUGUST 1

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ALLEN COUNTY
SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

715 S. Calhoun St.  Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone 260-449-7535 Fax 260-449-7915

 

 

 

 

ALLEN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT BRINGS CARSON & BARNES CIRCUS        BACK TO FT WAYNE SATURDAY JULY 31 & SUNDAY AUGUST 1

 


            Sheriff Ken Fries is bringing back a popular family event to raise funds for the Department’s Regional Training Facility. 

 

CARSON & BARNES CIRCUS,  one of America’s last remaining tent circuses, will present its colorful combination of animals, acrobats, clowns, and more for 4 performances in Fort Wayne on Saturday July 31st at 2:00 & 7:00 pm and Sunday August 1st at 1:30 & 4:30 pm.  The location for the Carson & Barnes Circus is the former Seyfert Potato Chip property on Lima Road (SR 3) next to Exit 111 off I-69.  The location for the circus has again been generously donated by Menard’s.

 
            One of the most exciting aspects of the Carson & Barnes show is the “SUPER SAVER TICKET.”  These special advance-only tickets are redeemable for 2 adults and up to 3 children (ages 2-11) for just $25.00. This is a considerable savings compared to individual tickets purchased the day of the circus (Adults $18.00, Children $8.00).  Super Saver Tickets are only available prior to July 31 from the Sheriff’s Department, First Federal Savings Bank near Time Corners, and all 6 Fire Police City County Federal Credit Unions. More information on ticket locations can be found by calling the Sheriff’s Department at 449-7535.


            Carson & Barnes Circus performs under a huge big top tent nearly the size of a football field.  The circus features the largest traveling zoo in the world with animals including elephants, camels, giraffes, hippos, horses, llamas, show dogs and more.  The enormous tent will be erected the morning of Saturday July 31, at approximately 8:00 am. This amazing activity is available for spectators to view at no charge.


            In 2009 the Sheriff’s Department hosted the Carson & Barnes circus for a one day show, selling out two performances and raising approximately $10,000 for the Regional Training Center.  A portion of this year’s proceeds from ticket sales will again benefit the facility, currently under construction on land located on Adams Center Road. 


            Carson & Barnes Circus was founded in 1937 by Mr. D. R. Miller, who ran the operation until his death in 1999.  Today the company is run by Miller’s daughter Barbara Byrd and her husband Geary, with assistance from their two daughters Kristin and Traci.  The family also operates the Endangered Ark Foundation in Hugo, Oklahoma, dedicated to the preservation of elephants and other endangered species.