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The circus returns to the Canfield Fairgrounds for the second consecutive year.
Crews worked to put all the pieces in place early Monday for the 7:30 p.m. show.
“Somebody hooks her up to the bottom of the pole and she moves and the poles slide up,” said aerialist performer Rebecca Ostroff. “We push up the tent. It’s a push pole tent.”
The animal right’s activist group PETA sent a letter last week to Canfield Mayor William Kay that claimed circus workers use painful methods to control animals. Circus workers denied those allegations on Monday.
“This is how we train animals: patience and food,” Ostroff said. “We find something that they excel at naturally and we encourage them with positive reinforcement and tasty treats.”