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Circus coming to town

By Leigh Anne Butler

The circus is coming to town.

The Lewis & Clark Circus will be in Tallassee on Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14 thanks to a sponsorship with 1220 Café.

Shows are slated for 6:30 Thursday evening and 5:00 and 7:30 Friday evening in the greenspace next to the restaurant at 1220 Gilmer Avenue.

The 90-minute show consist of professional performers, acrobats, jugglers, aerialists, clowns and daredevils from around the world that are backed by music, lighting and colorful costumes.

Lewis & Clark Circus is a true family circus and one of America's last big top shows. Lewis & Clark Circus was founded in 2006 by Bob Childress, who wanted a smaller, more intimate production after having worked with larger-scale circus productions. In 2013, Lena and Vandier Reis purchased the circus from Childress and continue to operate it today.

Lena and Vandier met and fell in love while both performers with the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus. Lena is a aerialist and Vandier is a professional acrobat. Two children and thousands of performances later, both still participate in the show.

Advance, discount tickets can be purchased at Tickets can be purchased at the gate, but discount rates and family passes are only available online. The family pass is not available the day of the show and online ticket sales end 1 1/2 hours before the show.

1220 Café is donating a portion of the ticket sales to local charities, which means more money goes back to the community.