Written by Andrielle Figueroa Friday, 19 July 2013 08:00
HIDALGO—Dean Kelley explained at only 4-years-old, he knew he was destined to be an entertainer. After seeing clowns performing for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for the first time, he knew that’s what he wanted to be – a circus clown. Where else could adults jump around and have so much fun?
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Fully Charged Gold Edition show opened this week at the State Farm Arena on July 18 and runs through to July 21. Kelley said 2013 marks the 144th year of the circus’s run, though each year their show is unique.
“We do anywhere between 250 and 300 shows per year,” Kelley said. “Fully Charged is a show Hidalgo hasn’t seen. We have a strong man, Battulga Battogtokh, he is a direct descendent of Genghis Khan. He balances telephone poles around his body and juggles bowling balls.”