The Cole Brothers Circus opened at the airport yesterday. It could be the last one for Plymouth, but not if the Kiwanis Club, long-time sponsors of the event, can prevent it.
Kathy Cartmell-Sirrico, a past president of the Club, was at the opening where school children watched elephants being bathed. But Article 35, that passed town meeting by a wide margin, and will be effective July 1st, threatens such events. It essentially prohibits the use of wild animals in traveling shows for entertainment purposes. But Cartmell- Sirrico says she has a plan: “We’re hoping to get a petition out that residents will sign that will allow us to reopen the article and have it amended.”
Sponsorship of the circus allows the Kiwanis Club to give back to the community: “Annually we’re able to give out four scholarships in excess of $1500 per student, and they go strictly to our local people. All of the funds that the Kiwanis Club of Plymouth raises remains within the town of Plymouth.”
The Cole Brothers Circus continues in town at Plymouth Airport with shows at 4:30 and 7:00 PM today.