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Circus Coming to Oceanport Next Week

The Cole Bros. big tent will go up on Port Au Peck Avenue for shows starting Aug. 13 to benefit the Oceanport First Aid Squad.

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The circus returns to next week as an annual summer fundraiser to benefit the borough's first aid squad.

Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars will kick off the first of three days of performances Monday, Aug. 13 at 4:30 p.m., followed by an evening show at 7 p.m.

General admission tickets are $16, reserved seating is $20 per ticket and VIP seating costs $23 each. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Cole Bros. website.

According to Carole Connor, co-chair of the event for the , this is the eighth year for the circus and is one of two fundraisers they hold throughout the year.

"They keep it fresh," she said of the production, which features elephants, tigers, French poodles, springboard gymnasts, a Russian Barre routine, a magician, the human cannonball, clowns and more.

While she was reluctant to give any exact figures for how much the event brings in, Connor said that they receive a percentage of ticket sales and get a larger portion for those purchased in advance.

Connor said it's been challenging raising money in the down economy. "We try to do whatever we can," she said.

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