Newspapers announce circus coloring contest winners

Two youngsters –– one from Morrow and one from Monticello –– will get to experience what it is like to wear a big red nose and large floppy shoes, this evening, when the Cole Bros. Circus rolls into Hampton.

The Clayton News Daily and the Henry Daily Herald have announced that Morrow youth, Chaselynn Harris, 6, and Kyla Falls, 12, of Monticello, are the winners of the annual circus coloring contest held by both newspapers.

Harris is the grand prize winner in the 6-to-8 age category, and Falls is the winner in the 9-to-12 category.

As grand prize winners, each will receive six tickets to the circus, and be invited to dress up as clowns and appear in a Cole Bros. Circus’ performance, tonight, at Atlanta Motor Speedway, located at 1500 Tara Place, in Hampton.

“It’s very exciting,” said Falls.

Harris added: “It feels good” to have won her age group.

Today marks the opening of the circus’ three-day stay in Hampton, with its opening performances scheduled for 4:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. There are also performances scheduled for Saturday, at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, at 1:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.

Harris and Falls have been invited to dress up as clowns during tonight’s 7:30 p.m. performance.

Both said they have enjoyed artwork, particularly coloring and drawing, for years. Both submitted multi-colored images of the circus’ main, resident clown, Professor Kno-Y.

“I didn’t think anybody would draw rainbows, so I went and did a rainbow,” said Harris, who added that she found out about the contest, recently, while visiting her uncle in Hampton. “I really like rainbows.”

Harris, who said her favorite part of a circus is seeing the elephants, added: “I thought it [her entry] was pretty.”