Children enter the ring before circus’s last show

awomack@macon.comFebruary 2, 2014 

Six-year-old Hollister Forzetting glanced from left to right as juggling pins whizzed past his nose.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performers gathered six pint-sized volunteers into a line between two jugglers during a pre-show exhibition Sunday, the performers’ last show before leaving the Macon Coliseum.

Forzetting, of Dublin, was in the middle as jugglers tossed pins simultaneously in front of and behind the line of children.

Children and their parents crowded around the center ring for about 45 minutes before the show to meet the clowns and performers.

Forzetting also was chosen to jump a giant jump rope and dance with performers as part of the pre-show festivities.

His mother, Brandy McDermitt, said he was excited when she told him last week that he’d be attending his first circus show.

“He said he was ready to see the elephants, the camels, the clowns and the motorcycles,” she said.

Callie Corley, 2, of Macon, sat atop her dad’s shoulders while he carried her 4-year-old sister, Cayla, in his arms so both could see animals on display backstage.

The girls watched while an elephant was hosed down and dressed for the show.

Their mother, Caitlin Corley, said she and her husband “talked up” the circus outing at home.

“We told them maybe they’d see Dumbo,” she said.

Sunday’s show was also a first for 9-year-old Noah and 6-year-old Addison Grimsley, of Hawkinsville.

They grinned as a high-wire artist rode a unicycle on a rope suspended a few feet above the floor.

Their mother said she surprised Noah and Addison Friday after work with news of the trip to Macon.

“They didn’t know what to think,” Lisa Grimsley said. “I just thought it would be something fun and new.”

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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