The Second Annual Circus City Festival was a great success. We enjoyed a much larger crowd than last year. The purpose of the festival is to both celebrate Hugo's deep-rooted circus history and to raise money for construction of a circus museum. The Kelly Miller Circus donated a lot of time, labor and equipment, including our concession wagon, seat wagon, bandwagon, snake show, pony ride and ringcurb. Carson & Barnes Circus volunterred their elephant ride. Steve and Ryan performed, as well as Fridman on the Rola Bola, Daiya with hoola hoops, a foot juggling act that only worked a few of the shows and I presented Natalie's dogs.
When arriving to work on Monday for our first day of Winter Quarters work, I found out I was featured, along with Steve and Ryan, on the front page of the Sunday Paris Times.
Following the Circus Festival, we headed out to Buffalo Joes where Pearl Street Riot was performing, opened by Casey Cainan. A great show to be sure. According to their site, they were "named to the finals of the 2009 Shiner Rising Star competition Pearl Street Riot is one of the hottest bands in the Northeast Texas music scene. Armed with rugged riffs, honest lyrics, and solid musicianship, the band takes a bare-assed, gritty approach to alt-country and rock n roll that likens to a hybrid between the Old 97's and Drive-By Truckers, coupled with the old school sensibility of Gram Parsons, Guy Clark, and Fred Eaglesmith."