Contest winners head to weekend circus at AMS

HAMPTON — What’s better than a trip to the circus? A free trip to the circus.

Four lucky youngsters and their families will enjoy all the glitz and glamour under the big top of Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. The kids won an annual clown coloring contest sponsored by Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald.

Stryckland Whittley-Ligon, 6, of Jonesboro and Taylor Blakney, 9, of McDonough took the grand prizes in their age divisions. In addition to six free admission tickets, the grand prize winners get to dress up like clowns and participate in the opening festivities Friday.

Kaylie Schwab, 9, of Jonesboro was one of two grand prize winners in 2012. This year, she is one of two runners-up. The other runner-up is John Guillen, 6, of Jonesboro. The runners-up get free circus tickets.

Friday’s show times are 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. There are three showings Saturday and Sunday — 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Led by ringmaster Chris Connors, the circus features royal Bengal tigers and elephants but there are also acrobats, high-wire acts, aerialists, human cannonball and magicians. No circus would be complete without clowns and Cole Brothers has plenty of red bulbous noses and big floppy shoes to keep hundreds of kids happy under the big top.

Free general admission tickets for children 12 and under with one paid adult admission can be printed from www.colebroscircus.com. Two free kids tickets are allowed for each paid adult ticket. Reserved seating for kids are $4 and VIP seating is $7.

Adult general admission is $16, reserved seating is $20 and VIP seating is $23.

Williams Washington Cole started his circus in 1884 as W.W. Cole’s New Colossal Show. For more information on the circus, access www.colebroscircus.com.