Sparks 7-16-1936

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Sparks 7-16-1936 - Downie Bros. Show Scores Distinct Hit The...
Downie Bros. Show Scores Distinct Hit The arrival of Charles Sparks ^nd his own circus in any city or town always meant the best in that line of entertainment in the past. Mr. Sparks returned to Fitchburg yesterday as manager of Downie Bros circus and gave two large audiences a real treat. The night attendance was almost capacity while a large crowd was on hand in the afternoon. They were well paid for their trip to the tented cjty. It was a small three-ringed circus but the acts were of a high standard. Most of the seats were of the chair variety with high backs to assure the comfort of the spectators and the big top was small enough so every spectator had a good view of every act. As usual with Mr. Sparks, feature acts were presented alone so the audience was able to give its undivided attention to the stars. There was action all the time. The performance was run ofi smoothly and quickly so from the opening whistle to the final offering the audience had something to watch. Applause was quite generous last night as the spectators gave approval of every act It is difficult to single out any individual act for special mention. Theyffenngs are so varied that each presentation contains something to apoeal and entertain. The appearance of the Hannaford family, featuring, George, "the nd- mg clown," appealed to many as the big act of the circus. George Is a clever rider and comedian and the other members of the act handle themselves and their »ntin^l!« in expert way, The two herds of perform elephants delighted chudren end grownups; Frisco's seals were unusually well trained and went through their acts as if they thoroughly enjoyed their performance; the Butters troupe, three girls and two boys, gave a remarkable exhibition of wire walking; the Roberts and the Aerial Whites, also amazed with their difficult high in the air offerings; Mickie Larkin applause with his Keadslide and Georgie Larkin also won approval with her foot slide. Other acts which stood out included Marion Shufford with her beautiful horse in an attractive riding act, the high school horses with their drills and maneuvers, the jumping horses and the clowns. i

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  1. Fitchburg Sentinel,
  2. 16 Jul 1936, Thu,
  3. Page 10

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