Otsego commissioners okay circus in Memorial Park

If you see an elephant in Otsego, it’s usually a sign of problems. But not Thursday, Aug. 21.

City officials have given the okay for the Kelly Miller Circus to set up for two shows in Memorial Park. A portion of the proceeds will go the Otsego Area Chamber of Commerce and help fund other activities, executive director Misty Bottorff said.

“It’ll also bring us some income for the community for providing their feed and their workers’ food,” Bottorff said.

The circus would arrive in the morning and set up—including the elephants helping raise the tents—do a pair shows and then pack up and leave, driving to their next destination that night.

“We’re just a stop between two other stops,” Bottorff said. “The gentleman called me on the phone and said they were going through near to here.”  

She and an advance man for the circus went around town seeking a 350-foot by 350-foot spot available to set up and one in Memorial Park was among the few that were suitable.

The only thing needed from the city was for Department of Public Works employees to mark where sprinkler systems were to keep the circus from parking anything on them.

St. Margaret Catholic Church agreed to provide parking, Bottorff said.

Commissioners asked city manager Thad Beard if he was concerned about the traffic.

“I’m not sure there’ll be more traffic than a softball tourney weekend,” Beard said.

The shows will be at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.otsegochamber.org/event/kelly-miller-circus-comes-otsego/.

For full story, pick up a copy of the Aug. 7 issue of The Allegan County News, the July 14 issue of The Union Enterprise or subscribe to the e-edition.

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