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April 9, 2009 (San Diego’s East County)—The 73rd edition of Carson & Barnes Circus will bring nearly 100 performers and a traveling zoo to East County in April, with proceeds helping to benefit local hosts. “From time to time, special opportunities take place that benefit everyone,” says Valerie Harrison, president of the Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce, which is sponsoring the circus performances at Skyline Church in Rancho San Diego/La Mesa on April 27 and 28 at 4:30 and 7:30. The circus will also appear at Viejas Casino & Outlet Center in Alpine on April 16 at 4:30 and 7:30. In addition, shows will be held at the Poway Fairgrounds on April 29 at 7:30 and April 30 at 4:30 and 7:30.

Early-birds can watch elephants raise a 50-foot-high big-top and experience the circus coming alive starting an hour after dawn, when more than two dozen types of exotic and domestic animals will be unloaded and on display. Shows feature a Salute to America parade, acrobats, high-wire, motorcycle and trapeze artists from around the world as well as clowns, elephants, camels, dogs, horses and prancing ponies. Special for 2009 is an award-winning clown, who will perform high-bounding feats on a trampoline. Advance tickets are available at discounts through the Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce, 3855 Avocado Blvd., Suite 230 in La Mesa. Family packs can be purchased for $25 for two adults and up to three children. Full-price tickets at $18 for adults and $8 for kids ages two to eleven may be purchased at You can also win circus tickets at East County Magazine’s “On the Road With the East County Eater” event on April 20th, where hundreds of dollars in prize items including several sets of tickets to the Rancho San Diego circus will be given away during an evening of wine-tasting, feasting and merry-making complete with live music by blues musician Paul Nichols. (Details: )

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