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The circus is coming to town

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Northampton has a circus coming to town this summer, borough council was told at is most recent meeting.

It's not the three-ring Ringling Bros. or Barnum & Bailey circus under the big top, but rather a smaller version which still should delight kids and adults alike.

A representative from the Gospel Church, housed in the renovated former Newberry Store on Main Street, made the pitch for the circus before borough lawmakers Feb. 21. After listening to the presentation and asking questions, council approved the request.

The Lewis & Clark Circus, based in North Carolina, will give two performances June 24 at the municipal park. One will be at 5 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m.

Keeping in mind the concerns of animal rights activists, borough Manager Gene Zarayko said no elephants will be involved. Nor will there be lions or other large, wild animals.

A camel and several smaller animals will take part, however.

The event also will feature performers on a high wire, clowns and a ring master.

Council was told the borough needs only to provide water and the grounds. Gospel Chapel personnel will clean up. The circus and the church will provide adequate insurance coverage.

More than three decades ago the borough had a circus in town at Canal Park and, more recently, at the municipal park when the borough centennial celebration was held.

Councilman Robert McHale questioned whether construction of the widening Campus Drive, as part of the Northampton Area Middle School construction project, would pose a problem.

Zarayko said the road project will be completed by the time the circus arrives. Community Days, sponsored by the Northampton Exchange Club annually in July, also will not interfere with the event.