Sparks Article 4-17-1936
A Circus Veteran fi- as "was of had begin the de- made no of com- con- i ! j CHARLES SPARKS In an interview at Macon, Ga., just before Downie Bros, circus started its 1936 tour, Charlie Sparks, veteran manager said, "Yes, this will be the forty-ninth season for a Sparks managed cir- cus, but, to give a complete nar- rative of all those years would take far more space than you spare and take more time than have at. such a busy part of: our season.' 1 The tale that followed most certainly would take columns of space. Although it was but briefly told it covered the years of the circus as this veteran has seen it through the old wagon show days into the present day the modern big circus that moves about from one end of the country to the other. When Downie Bros, conies to Charleston for m a t i n ^ ; and performances on the Valley Bell park lot, Thursday April 3(X those who visit it w i l l undoubtedly sense that 'something' only present where experience has been the builder. They will see a presenta- tion that has not stood still while time marched on. but, one that kept abreast with the moderniza- tion of things and with the knack to preserve that t r a d i t i o n the old circus so fondly remem- bered by everyone. A'll this is masterfully blended into a pres- entation that runs as smoothly as a well regulated watch. There will be those t h r i l l aerialists as they fly through space, the routine.* of the trained horses, the daring of the steeple chase riders. the comedy of clowns, the skill and sureness of the bareback riders, the color of the spectacles, in fact a full and complete old time circus as mod- ern as tomorrow.