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“The Greatest Show on Earth” Rolls Into Town

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The Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus literally rolled into town yesterday…by train.

Of course by train.  That’s the cool thing about Ringling Bros., they travel by train, and seeing the circus train on the tracks off the 131 expressway near downtown is very exciting.

They open tonight, September 20th, at 7 p.m. for the first of 7 performances through Sunday at the Van Andel Arena, and it promises to be a “Fully Charged” show.

It is “Fully Charged,” the all-new surge of circus entertainment where megawatts of thrills explode off of the arena floor with breathtaking dare-devilry, superhuman stunts and never-before-seen performances that energize Children Of All Ages.

Doesn’t that sound great?  Why it’s just like the Ringmaster would say.  As a matter of fact, he did, on my show Wednesday morning.

Andy & Brian Crawford Scott

Brian Crawford Scott visited the show, and what a great guy.  I mean, how can you not have fun being the “top-dog” Ringmaster for The Greatest Show On Earth.”

You and your family will have a blast at the circus.  The Fully Charged show includes Tabayara, a dynamic animal trainer whose rare ability to communicate with animals, as the Ringling circus explains, allows him to ride rearing stallions at a fully-charged gallop and orchestrate majestic four-ton Asian elephants in a symphony of dance. Tabayara was also just named one of the 50 most beautiful people in People Español! When he stands inside a cage, eye to eye with 12 ferocious tigers, Tabayara sees family where others see danger.

The fearless Fernandez Brothers dial up the thrills as they perform daring feats of athleticism on the Twin Turbines of Steel, including extreme jumps and twists inside the moving wheels! Audiences will crackle with excitement as they watch Guillermo perform a 360-degree, flying-forward somersault, three stories in the air, a feat so difficult it has only been attempted by one other person in the 141-year history of Ringling Bros. Descending from the legendary dynasty of Ghengis Khan, the Mongolian strongman duo of The Titanic Tulga and Mighty Meetal, demonstrate a herculean display of human dexterity and strength as they lift large, cumbersome telephone poles, which weigh up to half a ton, and twirl them above their heads whil acrobats balance atop. The Human Fuse, Brian Miser, sets the arena sky ablaze as he rockets through the air from his self-made human crossbow. Don’t blink as he flashes across the sky in less than a second, and travels 110 feet at 65 miles per hour.

Ever wonder how many clowns it takes to change a light bulb? The hilarous hoopla continues to flow as the clowns from the world- famous Ringling Bros.® Clown Alley, charge up the audiences’ funny bones with hysterical silly antics and clownish comedy.

As always, everyone can attend the All Access Power Up Pre-show Party- FREE to all ticket holders. You’ll get to know the world’s greatest performers, meet some of our amazing animals in person, and work to become CircusFit all before the show starts! The All Access Power Up Pre-show Party is the only place where you can register for a chance to win a pachyderm painting created by one of the Ringling Bros. artistic Asian elephants right before audiences’ eyes.

You can get tickets at the Van Andel Arena® and DeVos Place® convention center box offices, Ticketmaster ticket centers, including D & W Stores and select Family Fare and Walmart locations, charge by phone: 1.800.745.3000 or on line @

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