MOUNT CARMEL — Lions, tigers ... elephants, oh my! The circus tradition will continue in Mount Carmel Tuesday, May 2, featuring the performances of the Kelly Miller Circus sponsored by The Corner Apparel.

The Kelly Miller Bros. Circus was founded during the Great Depression in 1938 by Obert Miller and his sons, Kelly and Dores. It has grown from a little show of ponies and monkey into a world class act. The current owner of the circus, John North, of Ireland, will also be attending the show in Mount Carmel, Wayne Walden, owner of The Corner, said.

The 2017 season of the Kelly Miller Circus will feature Asian elephants, a variety of other trained animals and a host of international circus stars from all over the world.

The public is invited to attend the Big Top tent raising at the Southgate Industrial Park at 9 a.m. Tuesday free of charge. Over 100 first graders will be in attendances, and will have the opportunity to eat breakfast with the elephants, Waldon said. A knowledgable circus veteran will be on hand to explain the action and answer questions about circus life.

"I really thank the city of Mount Carmel for letting us use the city owned property," Walden said. "Mayor Hudson has asked me every year 'Are we going to have a circus next year? Are we going to have a circus?' he's been a big supporter. City council has always supported it — Rudy Witsman is very helpful."

Walden also thanked Dave Easter and Bill Reed for getting the lot ready for the circus.

There will be two performances May 2, one at 4:30 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m. The shows are identical and will last about an hour and a half.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at The Corner Apparel or kellymillercircus.com $12 for adults (13+) and $6 for children. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the show for $16 for adults and $8 for children.

For more information, visit kellymillercircus.com, or contact The Corner at 618-262-5500.

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