Circus to benefit Belvidere Fire Dept.

The Belvidere Jaycees bring the Carson & Barnes Five-Ring Circus to the Boone County Fairgrounds at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 14 to benefit the Belvidere Fire Department.

Carson & Barnes Circus is under the “Biggest Big Top on Earth.” The money raised from this event will be donated to the Belvidere Fire Department for the purpose of upgrading the Smoke Trailer that tours Boone County to education children about fire safety.

Jaycees have asked the community to join in making “Circus Day” a community day and to help raise money for a good cause.

The first $2,500 of advanced ticket sales goes to the Circus. After that, Jaycees make 40 percent on advance ticket sales. All tickets sold on or before July 13 are considered advanced ticket sales. On the day of the circus, Jaycees receive only 10 percent of ticket sales.

Adult tickets are $10 in advance, $14 on Circus Day; children’s tickets are $5 in advance, $7 on Circus Day. Tickets are available at the following ticket outlets:

Belvidere Bank (Main Branch & N. State Branch);

Dal Pra Pacemaker Finer Foods;

Belvidere Chamber of Commerce;

Don Galanis Bridal & Boutique; and

The Belvidere Family YMCA.

The Smoke Trailer is designed to give children a general idea of what to do in case of a house fire. It has been effective in teaching children the proper procedures of staying low and crawling through the smoke caused by fire. It also teaches them that once they are outside, they are not to go back in. The smoke used is not actual smoke from a fire, but generated by a fog machine.

There are many upgrades available for the smoke house. The Fire Department has shared with the Jaycees some of the options they desire. One item in particular that caught the Jaycees’ attention was a Severe Weather Storm package for the smoke trailer. This package simulates a tornado. The package includes lighting, sound, TV, VCR and other equipment that make the trailer feel as though an actual tornado is taking place, and it even makes the blinds shake. This package can cost up to $5,000.

Contact Lonn Buzzell at 815-544-9565 or for more info.

From the July 6-12, 2005, issue

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