Northfield -- The Kelly Miller Circus returns to Nordonia Hills on July 31 with two shows at the Northfield Village Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Grounds. This will be the 14th year the Oklahoma-based circus will be in the Nordonia Hills area.

The first show will take place at 4:30 p.m. and the second and final show will start at 7:30 p.m. Acts will include tigers, elephants, clowns, zebras and acrobats. There will also be events specifically geared toward the children, such as face-painting.

Kelly Miller Circus, founded in 1938, bills itself as "America's One Ring Wonder." The Kiwanis Club of Nordonia Hills is sponsoring the circus as its biggest fundraiser of the year.

Bonnie Dusek, who chair's the Kiwanis Club's circus committee, said the group is small, but tries to have a big impact.

"I believe we have 13 people that are with the Kiwanis Club, so we aren't very big but we do work very hard," Dusek said. "We do everything we can in the community to help out where needed. The club formed in 2001 and that was the first year we had the circus in Northfield. We will help anyone and everyone that needs it all throughout the community. We work with the elderly and kids who need assistance. We give out two scholarships to Nordonia High School seniors each year."

The Kiwanis club meets once a month anywhere in town whenever everyone can make time to get together. Dusek said the circus generates about $3,000 for the club each year and pays for community projects, blood drives, and support for children and low income families, such as buying school lunches.

"It always seems like the Kiwanis Club is always doing something," Dusek said.

The circus will arrive between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. on July 31 with 32 tractor trailers and mobile homes.

"The kids get a big kick out of coming and watching the circus set up," Dusek said. "They get to see all the animals before the shows. The elephants will raise the tent and then we get the ball rolling."

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the UPS Store, Post Net, A Plus Quick Mart, Wills Jewelers, Best Gyros, Braun-Vrabel Insurance, or online at kellymillercircus.com. The final day for advance purchase is July 30 at the Northfield Village Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Grounds from 6 to 8 p.m.

Early ticket prices are $6 for children and $12 for adults. If tickets are bought on the day of the performances, they will increase in price to $8 for children and $16 for adults. Food and drinks will also be served during the shows. Prices will vary depending on the food. Parking for the event is free.

Andrew Bugel: 330-541-9433

abugel@recordpub.com

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