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Carson & Barnes Circus comin' to Bandera

Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

"The 'biggest Big Top' in the circus world is going up in Bandera at 9 am, Saturday, April 20, and I want everyone in the county to be there to see it," said Sully Woodland, president of the Optimist Club of Bandera. As sponsor of the Carson & Barnes Circus, a portion of the ticket sales are earmarked for the club's John G. Slocomb Bandera Optimist Club Scholarship Fund.

Performances "Under the Big Top" at Mansfield Park will take place at 2 pm and 5 pm on April 20. Advance tickets - at a discounted price of $12 for adults and $6 for children ages two through 11 years - are available at Bandera Bank, First State Bank of Bandera and Hondo National Bank, as well as at the Bandera County Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets at the gate on the day of the performances will be $16 for adults and $10 for children.

One of this year's featured acts is Alex Acero - a circus clown unlike any other. With his pointed blue hair, purple lips and oversized clothes, Acero resembles a character from a Dr. Seuss book or a Tim Burton film. Peppered with hilarious falls and spills, Acero's act spotlights his "uncanny knack for physical comedy," which always involves audience participation.

His talents include juggling and dancing, amazing tricks with a yo-yo and - as a piece dé resistancé - a turn on the trampoline. As has been noted, "This is an act you certainly do not want to miss."

A native of Colombia, South America, Acero grew up in Brazil. As a third generation performer on his mother's side, Acero hit the boards at the age of eight, quickly becoming proficient at executing "death-defying" trapeze stunts and other daredevil exploits. Prior to joining the Carson & Barnes Circus, Acero performed with the Ringling Brothers Circus. His wife is the product of six generations of circus performers.

Acero is excited to be hitting the road again with the Carson & Barnes Circus - especially since the current tour kicks off its 77th touring season.

Join Acero and a coterie of outstanding performers, along with a contingent of highly trained animals, for an afternoon - or evening - of fun family entertainment.

"This is going to be a first rate show," Woodland said. "We hope to make Bandera a yearly stop for the Carson & Barnes Circus in the beautiful Texas Hill County. See you at the circus."

And everyone is reminded that the midway - with its free petting zoo - opens 30 minutes before each performance.

Pictured: The antics of Alex Acera, a featured performer with the Carson & Barnes Circus, are guaranteed to have everyone holding their sides during performances at 2 pm and 5 pm, Saturday, April 20, under the Big Top in Mansfield Park.