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Cole Brothers Circus Clowns

Cole Brothers Circus Clowns

Drew C. Wilson
Published: Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 02:01 PM.

John Flanigan says that going to the circus makes him feel like a kid again.

“It reminds me of when my mother and grandmother and grandfather took me to the circus as a young kid,” he said. “It’s a show that’s designed for everybody. They’ve been doing the same kinds of acts for many, many years. It’s all pure entertainment of different varieties.”

Flanigan, of VFW Post No. 7315 in Havelock, is in charge of promoting the upcoming three-day appearance of the Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars next week in Havelock.

Proceeds from ticket sales go to support military members in the area.

Sherri and David Shepard, known as Carlee and Charlie, are a pair of clowns that do an advance act in the area to drum up enthusiasm for the circus. They spent Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday visiting day cares, doing mini-shows and handing out free tickets.

“We love coming out to do the shows. That’s the heart of what we do,” Sherri Shepard said. “We come out and build excitement for the circus.”

Most of the children are receptive to a visit from a colorful character with big feet and a red nose.

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