Entertainment

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.

Topics:  circus grafton showground



SUNDAY SAY: Honour Earth's charter

A fisherman walks on the shores of the Arabian Sea, littered with plastic bags and other garbage, in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. India is scheduled to deposit the ratification instruments of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change with the United Nations on Sunday, the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's birth, who believed in a minimum carbon footprint. India accounts for about 4.5 percent of emissions. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Are we honouring our own writing on the Earth?

SUNDAY SAY: Where do the Bunya's grow?

The rough bark of the trunk of the Bunya. To get the cones naked young men climbed the Bunyas in the time-honoured way using vines for support.

Tree one of area's earliest plantings

Local Partners

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films and actors most likely to win accolades at the Oscars.

Can rightful winner Midnight take out golden Gosling in Oscars?

Can Lion pip La La Land at the post in this year's Oscars? Sunny Pawar (pictured) helped bring a powerful film to the big screen.

WILL Aussie film Lion triumph or will popular La La Land prevail?

How to be spooky and sing like a man

Spooky Men's Chorale, looking a little less spooky, on Saturday morning at their masterclass.

A masterclass on how to be a spooky man (or woman).

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

Historic home 'Fairweather' up for action

Fairweather

Historic property owned for last 35 years up for sale

A piece of Clarence Valley heritage up for grabs

The historic house \"Ravensford\" located at 36 Villiers St in Grafton is currently on the market at McKimms Real Estate.

Take a look inside iconic home 'Ravenford'

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!