Saturday, March 05, 2016
MIDWAY FLASH! ... MIDWAY FLASH! ... America's Biggest Big Top Calling it Quits? Cole Bros.Circus Cancels 2016 Tour, Per NC Azalea Festival
Update 3/6/16 3:55 pm PST:
This just in from Barry Lipton: "Perhaps another ominous sign. Renee Storey's Facebook profile now lists her as working for the Diocese of Orlando. Up through last year, she was the long time Vice President for Administration for Cole Bros."
North Carolina Azalea Festival reporting that Cole Bros. Circus will not be touring in 2016.
They claim that word came to them from Cole Bros. itself.
According to Star News Online, the Festival issued a release on Feb. 11 reporting the news. However, on the same day, circus spokesman Bill Carter denied the claim.
The show's website is currently off line. However, a message appears, "we are currently updating this site."
Festival officials tried reaching Cole office -- main telephone number was disconnected.
Cole played the Festival for over 30 years.
I'll keep following this story, first brought to my notice by Barry Lipton.
Cole title goes back to 1884, same year the five Ringling brothers started up their own circus.