Shows begin this Friday evening at 7:00 at the Peoria Civic Center.
"Ready to work tomorrow?" Circus clown Dean Kelley asked a camel. He's been a clown for more than a decade and is in a new city every week. But he said a life of travel is more than he could ask for.
"It's actually a dream come true. I mean I get to travel all over the county. I've been to all 48 states in the continent, so that's awesome and I get to perform for millions of people every year, bringing smiles to faces across the county. You can't beat it," Kelley said.
The circus cast and crew is more than 100 people, and Kelley said everyone helps set up.
"We work with each other every single day, we see each other every single day so we truly are a circus family," Kelley said.
Even though he loves the constant setting up and breaking down, Kelley said life on the road has its downsides.
"One of my least favorite things about being in a new city is not knowing where anything is! But luckily with GPS and computer technology I can find stuff on the internet pretty quick," he said.
But once he's on stage, he said it's all worth it.
"During the show I like to look out at the audience and I can see the kids, mom and dad and grandparents. Three generations of people sitting there in the seats 'oohing' and 'aahing' at the same thing," Kelley said.
Kelley says good family fun is getting harder to find, but to him that's what the circus is all about.
You can also catch the action this Saturday at 11:00, 3:00 and 7:00 and on Sunday at 1:00 and 5:00.