The Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill, which is bringing the Carson & Barnes Big Top Circus to the Hernando County Fairgrounds on April 30, has announced the following contests:
• The "Why I want to be a Carson & Barnes Circus Ringmaster" essay contest is open to children in two age groups: 6 to 8 and 9 to 12. Essays are to be between 25 and 100 words.
The winner in each age group will receive a family pass (good for up to four people) to the circus, and will be able to make the opening announcement for either show.
All entries must be turned in to the front desk at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. The deadline to submit an entry is 8 p.m. Thursday.
• A "Dress Up Like a Clown" contest for children 5 to 11 will begin at 7 p.m. April 25 at Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.
Children should dress in their best clown costume and makeup. All participants will receive a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A dessert. A panel of local judges will select 14 grand prize winners (two children of each age). Grand prize winners will receive a clown certificate that will entitle them and two adults free entry to the circus. The other participants will also receive a certificate and, if they wear their clown costumes to the circus, will be admitted free (adults must pay for their own tickets).
All participants will be able to parade in with the circus clowns and be announced at center ring. Adults must accompany their children into the big top and then take their seats while the children parade in with the clowns.
• A random drawing will select 25 people to ride one of the elephants before and after each show. Entries are being accepted at Register Chevrolet, 14181 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, through April 25.
• Entries for "Guess the Weight of Suzie — A Full Grown Asian Elephant" will be accepted through 5 p.m. April 26 at Chick-fil-A. The person guessing closest to the weight will receive a family pass (two adults and two children) for preferred seats, good at any performance of the circus. No purchase at Chick-fil-A is necessary to submit a guess. Participants are reminded to put their phone numbers on their ballots so they can be notified if they win. In case of a tie, all those in the tie will receive the family pass.
There will be two circus performances April 30, at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., at the fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St.
Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids 2 to 11. Tickets at the gate will be $16 for adults and $8 for children. For ticket locations and information, call Al Johnson at 684-1661.
From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. April 30, spectators can watch the elephants raising the big top for no charge.