Millersburg OKs circus location

By KELLEY MOHRStaff Writer Published:

Council prepared on Monday to allow the Kelly Miller Circus to use village property in May.

Village Administrator Nate Troyer discussed several locations for the group to hold the circus, finally settling on Old Airport Park.

The circus will be held May 24.

According to the Kelly Miller Circus website, the show travels on a fleet of 25 vehicles and requires an area of about 90,000 square feet. The show includes exotic animals, theatrical lighting, circus music, aerial acts, clowns, juggling and other performances, all under the big circus top tent, which seats 1,500 people.

If the circus is to use the park, it will need provisions for water hookups, manure and trash.

"We have a couple of options (for the manure)," said Troyer. "We can have it all put in Dumpsters ... or keep the manure and open it up to anyone who wants it. (The Kelly Miller Circus) said in other towns, a lot of people come in and get it."

In addition, Kimble Companies provides Dumpster services for up to six events a year in the contract with the village. Currently, the village only uses the Dumpsters for one event.

Council can incorporate water, manure and trash into a rental fee or charge for the services individually, said Troyer.

In the past, municipalities have often charged the circus $500 per event.

"I think it's good for the community to have events like this," said Councilman Jim Beechy.

Anyone interested in using the manure can contact Troyer at 330-674-1886.

Reporter Kelley Mohr can be reached at 330-674-5676 or kmohr@the-daily-record.com.

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