Circus is coming to town

Squiggy the clown performs in the Ashton Entertainment circus, at the Grafton Showgrounds this weekend, and in Yamba next weekend.
Squiggy the clown performs in the Ashton Entertainment circus, at the Grafton Showgrounds this weekend, and in Yamba next weekend. JoJo Newby

ROLL up, roll up: Ashton's Circus is in Grafton this weekend.

The show includes a number of acts including acrobatics, hoops, ropes and clowns.

The show's youngest performer Remi Rodriguez started working in the ring at the tender age of 16 months. His first act was bareback riding with his grandfather, which according to Remi's aunt Chantel Rodriguez is a family tradition.

"We were all in the ring before we could walk. Our costumes were on before our nappies were of," Chantel said.

Remi Rodriguez is a seventh generation circus performer, being the youngest member of the famous Ashton family.

The family are one the road for 11 months of the year, Chantel said.

She said while spending so much time on the road might be unsettling for many people, for the Ashton clan it is just life as they know it.

Ashton's Circus will run three shows over the weekend at the Grafton showground: today 4pm and 7pm; tomorrow at 11am.

Next weekend the circus will stop at Yamba.

Tickets are available at the Yamba Street Cafe.

The proceeds will help fund nine year-old Yamba girl Bonnie O'Neill's cancer treatment, in Germany.

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