The Circus Ring of Fame Inductees

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Tony Steele

From the Lakeland Ledger: HAINES CITY — Legendary trapeze artist, Tony Steele has decided to make East Polk County his home. Known as one of

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Starless Night

The incomparable Black American saddle bred mare, Starless Night, owned and trained by Capt. William Heyer, appeared in numerous circuses and other venues throughout her

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Charlie Smith

Trainmaster kept circuses rolling down the tracks DALE WHITE Friends, fans and family attended a visitation and funeral on Saturday for Charlie Smith, fondly remembering

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Charles (Chuck) Sidlow

As graduate and teacher of its famed Clown College, Chucko was named “The youngest boss clown in history” by RBBB, touring North America and Japan.

George Scott Circus Ring Of Fame Foundation inductee

Scott, George

  A one-of-a-kind act that his never been duplicated and the most recognized comedy act in circus history, George and his partner the mule Nebraska

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Charles Schlarbaum

Few in American circus history have led as many circus bands in as many performances. Born into a musical family with ties to the circus,

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Manuel (Junior) Ruffin

From Circuses and Sideshows: By Robert F. Houston He was Born Emanuel Ruffin, April 28, 1938 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with his family relocating to Los

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Derek Rosaire and Family

Patriarch of the versatile family that has trained and performed with a wide variety of animals, Derrick Rosaire has endeared himself to three generations of

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Harold Ronk

From the New York Times: Harold Ronk, the stentorian-voiced ringmaster who sang “Welcome to the Circus!” at the start of thousands of Ringling Brothers and

The highest of achievements in circus arts and culture is celebrated annually in Sarasota, Florida. The Circus Ring of Fame Foundation organizes and hosts the dignified ceremony on beautiful St. Armands Circle before thousands of admirers. The end result is part Academy Awards “Lifetime Achievement”mixed with a Hollywood Walk of Fame style plaque, representing permanent recognition for the artist. After the ceremony, the inductees remove elegant red velvet covers revealing large bronze wagon wheels and biographical plaques, providing a synopsis of their lifelong contribution to circus arts and culture.

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