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Circus fun coming to fairgrounds


Although the Emo Fair may be over, people now have the Clark and Barnes Family Fun Circus to look forward to at the fairgrounds.

The Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society is bringing in the circus on Wednesday, September 11 as a fundraiser for the new exhibition hall it hopes to build next year.

The show will take place at 7 p.m.

“We figured that in September, everybody’s back to school, nobody’s at the cabin—there’s not a whole lot to do for the whole family,” explained RRVAS second vice-president Krista Kellar.

Advance tickets, which cost $15 for adults and $7 for children, are available by contacting any RRVAS member (listed at

“If organizations are looking to purchase bulk quantities, we can accommodate that, as well,” said Kellar.

“We definitely did our research on this one,” she stressed, noting the circus is on PETA’s list of cruelty-free circuses so the RRVAS is assured the animals are well taken care of.

“Animals, acrobats, performers . . . it’s the full experience for the kids,” Kellar assured.

“I’m thrilled for the circus coming,” she enthused. “I know my kids are asking me daily and the countdown is on in my house.

“I’m a huge advocate for typical family traditions—any safe event I can take my family to.”

Kellar said she likes the “wholesome environment” that accompanies such events.

She explained how the RRVAS came to be hosting a circus.

“We were contacted by the circus because they figured our grounds would be a suitable place to set up and they were looking for something in the area,” she remarked.

“It’s been a great organization to work with.”

The Family Fun Circus is owned and operated by Chuy Davenport, along with his wife, Lola, and their children, Jairo, Zenya, Johnny, and Zaira.

According to its website, “Circus is in their blood going back many generations.”

The show is unique in that it travels across North America visiting smaller communities that normally do not have access to such entertainment.

“We are a one-ring, European-style circus with old circus traditions,” the website


“The ring is surrounded with seating and everyone is up close to the non-stop action,” it adds.

The Circus will be held under a big top tent, and will run roughly an hour-and-a-half.

The tent will open an hour early for seating and so children can riding the ponies.

A concession area also will be available with cotton candy, popcorn, hotdogs, and more.

As well, Family Fun Circus people to come by earlier in the day to watch the tent be set up—a “truly a fascinating sight.”

Proceeds raised from the event will help fund capital projects for the RRVAS.

“I know it’s going to be a good fundraiser, not just for the [fair] board but it’s a good thing for the whole community to experience,” said Kellar.

“It’s something a little bit different,” she reasoned. “I’d like something new come to the Emo area and not just have everything circle around Fort Frances.

“If we can reach our goal to get the exhibition hall up by next year, then we’re going for it,” she stressed.

Kellar said the RRVAS is planning on incorporating vendors’ booths and washrooms into the new hall, which typically showcases crafts, artwork, vegetables, and baked goods during the three-day fair each August.

“Essentially, we want to have one main structure that streamlines everything,” she explained.

Future capital projects include maintenance on the horse barn floor and electrical work throughout the fairgrounds.

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