Updated: October 22, 2012 6:08AM
The village of Richton Park will host the Kelly Miller Circus on Sept. 24.
Community relations director Vera Brooks negotiated with Kelly Miller Circus to bring this fun and family-oriented event to the village for the first time.
The one-ring circus will be located at Lakewood Fields, 5901 Sauk Trail (across the street from Rich South High School), Richton Park. There will be performances at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.
“I am very excited to bring this event to Richton Park. I want to thank the new Parks & Recreation Department director, Pam Vidovic, for partnering with me in this venture to bring family fun this autumn season to our residents and neighboring communities,” Brooks said.
All children younger than 12 years old will be admitted for no charge to the circus. But they will need event tickets, which can be picked up at Richton Park’s businesses and at the Community Center.
Children will be charged $5 at the gate without a ticket. Tickets for adults are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. All advanced purchase tickets must be picked up at Richton Park Village Hall or the Community Center.
The Kelly Miller Circus has gathered stars from many nations as well as an exotic display of animals and enhanced them with theatrical lighting and lively circus music for a performance to warm the hearts of young and old alike.
The show travels on a fleet of 25 vehicles and requires an area of some 90,000 square feet to set up.
The circus big top, imported from Italy, has a seating capacity of 1,500 and is made of waterproof vinyl. The tent is 120-by-130-feet and 40-feet-high and is supported by more than a quarter of a mile of heavy gauge aluminum tubing as well as several miles of rope, steel cable and chain.
From the early morning hours, when the elephants pull the big top into the air to the very moment when the king pole races to the ground at the end of the day, the public is invited to be a part of the magic of circus day as it has been experienced for more than 200 years.
“This is a great opportunity for the village of Richton Park to share such a special event with the residents and our surrounding villages and towns,” Richton Park Village President Rick Reinbold said.
“We appreciate being recognized by groups such as the Kelly Miller Brothers Circus and other well-known organizations, which say what we already know: that the Southland is a great place to come home to.”
Begun in 1938 by Obert Miller and his sons, Kelly and Dory, the Al G. Kelly Miller Brothers Circus is now known simply as Kelly Miller Circus.
The troupe has entertained millions of American and Canadian citizens while establishing itself in the fabric and history of the American tented circus.
Information: (708) 481-8950, kellymillercircus.com.