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Circus wows crowd

Filled with high-flying acrobatics and funny, family-friendly entertainment, the circus recently rolled through town. Hundreds packed the R.J.
An aerial silks artist hangs from a ring during the Circus Gatti performance at the Centennial Centre this past Sunday.
An aerial silks artist hangs from a ring during the Circus Gatti performance at the Centennial Centre this past Sunday.

Filled with high-flying acrobatics and funny, family-friendly entertainment, the circus recently rolled through town.

Hundreds packed the R.J. Lalonde Arena Sunday afternoon for the first of four shows in Bonnyville by the Circus Gatti, which provided an array of classic three-ring entertainment.

Flexible acrobats gracefully danced through the air, wowing the audience. Leo the clown kept them engaged and laughing. One entertainer balanced on tables stacked five high atop a rolling cylinder. Motocross riders whipped around inside a globe together at incredible speeds, an amazing and hair-raising sight, to say the least. And of course there was cotton candy and popcorn available for all to enjoy.

"There was so much to see!" exclaimed a young fan at the circus, as he waved around his blue light saber-like glowstick he received at the show.

The audience, made up mostly of families, was clearly entertained, as several willing members took part in the show, assisting Leo with his gags.

When asked by the host halfway through the show, "Are you having fun?" the crowd enthusiastically responded with an approving ovation.

If the highlight of the show was not the death-defying skills of the two motocross riders, many might have considered the daredevil antics of one dog to be the best bit.

After hopping through hoops and skipping for dog treats, one dog made the long climb up a 20-rung ladder, paused at the top and took the fearless and faithful leap - only to land in the awaiting arms of the trainer metres below.