Tickets are now available for the Kelly Miller Circus, which nearly sold out each of three shows both years during 2014 and 2015 appearances.

In 2014, more than 200 people had to be turned away, organizers said.

The one-ring circus, featuring a fire breather, trapeze artists, tigers, elephants and other attractions, will present shows at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. May 12 in a 1,100-seat portable, waterproof big-top erected at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds, County Road 200 South in Garden City. That same set-up and seating was used in both previous visits.

Tickets, priced at $12 in advance and $6 for children, are available at MainSource Bank locations in Columbus, Hope and Taylorsville. They also will be available from noon to 9 p.m. April 21 and 22, 28 and 29 and May 5 and 6 at Kroger Marketplace on National Road. They also can be purchased online at

The event serves as a fundraiser for the Columbus Lions Club and the Bartholomew County Reserve Sheriff’s Deputies. The Lions Club spearheads a range of community service, including free vision screenings for all Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. students and others.

Every year’s show is different than previous ones, with new acts and features, circus organizers said. A full-time team of six cares for the animals in the show, they said.

The Kelly Miller Circus promotes part of its shows while focusing on the intimacy of its big top, with a back row within 40 feet of the ring.

Organizers also welcome people to watch the big-top being raised on the morning of the shows, and to visit the animals.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.