Any - on with the show.
Most photos are click to enlarge.
The largest traveling circus in the world visited Columbus Thursday and ABC's Good Morning America was on hand to film the occasion because, well, Columbus has seems to have become the buzz worthy small town in America. Public Enemies was picked because of it's beautiful downtown and lets face it Columbus is friendly and happy and has a wonderful setting for the Circus.
So I was on hand to document the erection of the worlds biggest Big Top.
Here is the crew from ABC. If any of you guys that read this blog from ABC know who these guys are I'd love to put a name to them. . . . . . especially that tall dude in the back, not sure he likes me.
So DJ and I arrive at Firemans Park and there is already a crowd looking at the animals and in the center of the park is this.
When I was a kid I used to climb things like this but they would have gravel below instead of that rubber stuff kids get now. Use to be called monkey bars but PETA had issues so they have to change the name to a jungle gym. (I guess we had a sort of a monkey/jungle fusion thing going on actually).
So I wandered around bumping my head on guy wires.
After a while I thought the drugs from the 70's were making a comeback at an inappropriate time but once I noticed that others were seeing an incredibly large caterpillar also I relaxed.
Then the worker dudes with the muscles started to unroll the giant moth creature.
I looked around again and no one else seemed concerned. That Saturday night in 1974.
whew man crazy!
I tell yea - these guys really worked hard AND they actually DID whistle while they worked!
Once one side was up a guy would basically WALK up the side and start to stitch the tent together.
Slowly but surly each side went up like clockwork. No one was giving instructions or giving orders. It was almost like they had done this before.
Families of the workers looked on.
Once the tent was up we were allowed to walk into the magical realm of the circus tent where everything is a little surrealistic, OR as Glauco Dattini a guru of HDR photography calls it, hyper-realistic.
But but - where are the heffalumps.
And thus appears Jenny who today is going to help pull the poles to expand the top of the tent.
BTW - it was REALLY dark in there. Honest!
In reality this is like zero work for Jenny. All the animals in the Carson and Barns Circus are very well fed and cared for. The most an animal works is 2-3 hours a day and the rest is spent eating, sleeping and socializing (not unlike Government employees - BA BOOM). And in case you are wondering once they get to old to work they are kept at their winter home in Oklahoma.
"Carson & Barnes Circus owners realize that animals are a lifetime commitment. Our elephants spend their "golden years" with our herd in Choctaw County, Oklahoma, under the watchful eye of animal care experts."
OK - perhaps I should not have shown my bag of peanuts.
And that is my story. I stopped taking photos because I think I had fleas or something and was hot and sweaty and Jenny left the scene and all that was left were workers and a bunch of kids hopped up on candy and parents yelling things like if "you don't stop we are leaving you young man" . . . . . . no wait . . . that was DJ talking to me! never mind.
Robbie was there and lost her sunglasses in the tent so if you find any they are Robbies.
Tonight - lets have a brew at the Kurth Brewery
And that is my photo story!