Newswire Extra

Circus arrives at University Park

April 23, 2002
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus performers of the two- and four-legged variety arrived on the University Park campus yesterday afternoon and set up camp behind The Bryce Jordan Center, where the 131st Edition of The Greatest Show On Earth® will be featured Thursday through Sunday.

After the animals settled in, the setup for the shows began in earnest inside The Bryce Jordan Center.

On Friday, Bo stopped by the parking lot behind Beaver Stadium to toss a football with some of the Nittany Lions.

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Bo walks past The Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus on his way to Beaver Stadium.
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In the parking lot behind Beaver Stadium, Bo tossed some footballs to members of the Nittany Lion football team.
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Bo's throws were on target, as most of his passes were caught. Next to Bo is his trainer/brother Larry Cauden. Cauden and Bo do everything together, including eating and sleeping.
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State College Mayor Bill Welch was on hand, and was greeted warmly by Bo.
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Bo posed with members of the Nittany Lion football team and State College Mayor Bill Welch, front left.
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Bo drew a number of spectators to the parking lot behind Beaver Stadium, including education administration graduate student Mark Feldman and his son Brian, who is 2.
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Circus trailers can be seen everywhere outside The Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus.
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After a brief rest, Asia, a 32-year-old elephant, came out of her tent to play in the sand. Asia and the other elephants walked about 3.5 miles from their train cars to the University Park campus in a little more than an hour Tuesday.
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Asia was curious about the stranger in the circus compound, and walked over to introduce herself.
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A crowd gathered outside the fence surrounding the circus compound, and Asia was as interested in seeing them as they were in seeing her.
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The Bryce Jordan Center can be seen behind Asia as she plays in her sand. She and the other animals will perform in the Jordan Center Thursday through Sunday.
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Inside The Bryce Jordan Center, there was much work to be done Tuesday afternoon. Costumes were laundered and hung in a laundry area in the basement of the Jordan Center.
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In the arena, Vanessa Garcia, a member of the circus' floor crew, was busy painting and setting up the ring curbs and lids.
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Who needs a ladder? After working on a suspended platform, former performer and current setup crew member Lubin Dakov of Bulgaria catches a ride on a pulley to return to the floor.
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Props could be found throughout the basement hallways of The Bryce Jordan Center on Tuesday afternoon. The setup will be complete by the end of the day today, giving the circus members a day to rest and rehearse before their first show on Thursday.
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The signature sign of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus sat on the floor outside the arena until it was hung Tuesday afternoon. Installation of the sign takes the experienced setup crew about 20 minutes.
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Other props sat outside The Bryce Jordan Center in a fenced-in area. Holuba Hall is visible in the background.
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The circus compound sits in a parking area behind The Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus, in the shadow of Mount Nittany. Both the animals and the circus performers will live there while they're at University Park for their shows.
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Last updated April 29, 2002.