The Circus Ring of Fame Inductees

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John Pugh

John Wallace Pugh was born was born June 18, 1938 in the Kennington district of London, UK, the son of John “Digger” Pugh and Sheila

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Fred Pfening Jr.

Fred Pfening’s true passion was the circus, said his son, Fred Pfening III. “It was a hobby that got out of hand.” Pfening’s love affair

Pedrolas Circus Ring Of Fame Foundation inductee


Following the 2nd World War, Rudolf Mootz, his wife Gerda, his brothers Peter and Wilhelm, along with Beppo Wallenda formed the Wallenda/Mootz Highwire Troupe, performing

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Flying Palacios

For over 40 years they thrilled audiences with their sensational performances on the flying trapeze. Originating the act in Mexico in 1940, brothers Jose, Lalo

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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