Ruth Stanton from Circus Ringbarkus has Killer the pomeranian jumping through hoops.
Ruth Stanton from Circus Ringbarkus has Killer the pomeranian jumping through hoops. Karleila Thomsen

Family circus to hit Hervey Bay

A NEW circus is due to hit Hervey Bay tomorrow, made up of nine members with 26 legs between them.

One half of Circus Ringbarkus is the Stanton family, Peter and Ruth and their children, Julia, Michael and Steven, who use a combination of comedy, magic and circus skills to dazzle and delight audiences.

But it is the other half of Circus Ringbarkus that Ruth says are the real stars of the show.

“We are well aware that the stars of our show are not the human performers, but definitely our dogs,” she said.

Scruffy, Lulu, Killer and Sparkie are all former pound dogs which the Stantons rescued, brought into their family and taught the tricks of the trade.

Ms Stanton said the poochy performers were the highlight of the show, wowing audiences with comedy routines, jumping through hoops, teetering on see-saws and more.

And she said it wasn’t just audiences who liked their performances.

“The dogs enjoy it. They like doing their bits because they get to go in and show everybody what they can do and meet with the crowd’s approval,” she said.

“That’s a nice boost to their doggy ego.”

This is the 12th year the Stanton family have been travelling around Australia with their furry friends, after they took their show on the road in 1998.

Ms Stanton said they hadn’t looked back since.

“I don’t think we could have done it for so long if we didn’t like it. It’s our lifestyle and we do enjoy travelling and working together as a family,” she said.

Circus Ringbarkus is on at Seafront Oval from tomorrow with daily shows at 2pm and 6pm shows every Friday and Saturday.



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