Wednesday, May 29, 2013

"We've Come To The Show For Three Years. You Guys Are The Best Part Of The Show"- Man At Intermission

Tuesday, May 28: Waynesburg, PA-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Miles: 75
Lot: Greene County Fairgrounds

The majority of this morning's jump was on a winding, hilly, two lane road, so it was slow going.

Ryan and I watched video of the carpenter gag this morning to see where we could tighten up or trim material.
We also put the new tire on the carpenter box; we have been having the problem that whenever the box moves, the old tires would loosen the nuts holding them onto the axle. Hopefully having two new wheels will solve that problem.

We had two former Ringling clowns visit us today: Mike Perry, who was on the Blue Unit in the mid 70s, and Kyle Barker, who was on the Red Show for the past three years.
They watched both shows, and we got the chance to visit with them in between.

At the first show we met a little boy who wrote a paper in Kindergarten saying that when he grows up he wants to go to clown school.
Ryan and I did our best to talk him out of it.
Just kidding!
I was about his age when I decided I wanted to be a circus clown. God speed, little dude!

The changes to the carpenter gag went well. There was only one part we weren't happy with, so we changed it back for the second show until we can get some ring time to properly block it.

At the second show we got to see "Poppy" and "Violet", two clowns who were married in the Kelly Miller Circus ring back in 2010.

While we were packing up our props during the second show, a gentleman named Sam and his son, Braxton, came over to say hello.
They had seen the first performance, and they spent the second show parked in their car watching the behind the scenes activity. I had spotted them outside my trailer window, and I remembered seeing them watching the tent go up this morning as well.
They both asked me and Ryan questions about life on the road, and we had a nice conversation with them.

Here we are with Dominic, Danielle, and Connor from Waynesburg. Thank you, Chris, for sending in this photo!


David Shaw said...

Steve an Ryan are great people, they do a great job, and they love to talk with the people. We have been to all 5 Shows of the Kelly Miller Circus when they come to Waynesburg, PA. Greene County. Steve are Ryan are a major reason we keep going back.

Steve Copeland said...

Hey David,

Thank you so much for your kind words, and for coming back each year to see Kelly Miller.