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Cole Brothers Circus 2011

Oliver Sanchez, center, with Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars, works with a crew to set up the big top tent in preparation for the opening afternoon show in Bonita Springs on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. The circus runs Thursday through Sunday on the grounds of the Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track in Bonita Springs, with shows on Thursday and Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., shows on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.. Tickets start at $19. Tristan Spinski/Staff

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Oliver Sanchez, center, with Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars, works with a crew to set up the big top tent in preparation for the opening afternoon show in Bonita Springs on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. The circus runs Thursday through Sunday on the grounds of the Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track in Bonita Springs, with shows on Thursday and Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., shows on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.. Tickets start at $19. Tristan Spinski/Staff

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  • Workers with Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars scramble in preparation for the opening afternoon show in Bonita Springs on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. The circus runs Thursday through Sunday on the grounds of the Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track in Bonita Springs, with shows on Thursday and Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., shows on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.. Tickets start at $19. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Ron West, senior marketing director with Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars, greets 'Romero' the pink poodle, part of the Abuhadba family's dog show from Chile as preparations are made for the circus's opening afternoon show in Bonita Springs on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. The circus runs Thursday through Sunday on the grounds of the Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track in Bonita Springs, with shows on Thursday and Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., shows on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.. Tickets start at $19. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Scenes from the Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars preparing to open in Bonita Springs on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. The circus runs Thursday through Sunday on the grounds of the Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track in Bonita Springs, with shows on Thursday and Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., shows on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.. Tickets start at $19. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Workers with Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars scramble in preparation for the opening afternoon show in Bonita Springs on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. The circus runs Thursday through Sunday on the grounds of the Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track in Bonita Springs, with shows on Thursday and Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., shows on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.. Tickets start at $19. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Workers with Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars scramble in preparation for the opening afternoon show in Bonita Springs on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. The circus runs Thursday through Sunday on the grounds of the Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track in Bonita Springs, with shows on Thursday and Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., shows on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.. Tickets start at $19. Tristan Spinski/Staff

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