Carson & Barnes Circus entertains in Independence

It takes manual labor to raise a big top. Workmen muscle poles underneath the heavy canvas. Kids are eager to get tickets. The newly erected big top is visible in the background. John Vassar, of Independence, holds up Noah so he can get a better view of the tent raising. A visit to the circus was the Vassar family’s present to Noah for his second birthday. “He’s beside himself,” John said about Noah.
A workman puts finishing touches on the roof of the big top as the Carson & Barnes Circus sets up for performances in Independence Monday, July 1. He might be higher than any of the aerialists who later entertained crowds in two shows at Pioneer Creek Park. The kiddie circus train gets a trial run from workmen before setting out on trips with young riders.
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A workman puts finishing touches on the roof of the big top as the Carson & Barnes Circus sets up for performances in Independence Monday, July 1. He might be higher than any of the aerialists who later entertained crowds in two shows at Pioneer Creek Park.

The Carson & Barnes Circus rolled into Independence for afternoon and evening performances on Monday, July 1. The public was invited to watch the raising of the big top at Pioneer Creek Park and meet some of the animals, so entertainment lasted all day. Here is how the day started. (Sun staff photos by Susan Van Cleaf)