THE Stardust Circus can count seven-year-old Stephanie Winnett as a big fan after she recently watched their energetic and entertaining spectacle at the Queanbeyan Showgrounds.
The Gowrie girl was treated to the circus by her grandfather during the school holidays. When she returned home she recounted the experience to her grandmother, Jeanne Tonna, who quickly transcribed the little girl’s words. ‘‘The story was so great and I could picture it,’’ Mrs Tonna said. ‘‘She’s very descriptive, I kept the story exactly in her words.’’
Stephanie had so much fun at her second visit to the circus, she said she would not hesitate to make a third trip. ‘‘I would go again if someone took me,’’ she said. ‘‘I’m not old enough to drive yet.’’
Below is Stephanie's recount:
My brother Joshua and I and poppy and Bob the Builder and his granddaughter Zoe went to the circus in Queanbeyan.
We bought candy floss and popcorn.
At half-time I had a ride on the horse. The people put you on the horse and you had to hold on to the pommel. It was fun.
The trapeze artist climbed up a ladder and sat on the trapeze bar. Then he let go with his hands and put something which was attached to the bar over his feet so he wouldn’t fall off and he spun round the trapeze bar and took one of the slings off his foot and then he spun round again with one foot.
There was a girl in the audience at the back who was part of the act. She ran onto the gate and she told the ring master she was late for work so she called a taxi. Then there was the clown who was putting her luggage in the car but it accidently went out the other side of the window. Then he sat in the car and the ring master held the girl up to put her in the car and he said ‘‘one, two, three’’ and put her in the car but the clown fell out the other side and then he got in the car and then he forgot the other bags so he went out again and then he dropped the bag again and screamed and then the ring master said, ‘‘What’s wrong?’’ to the clown. Then he pulled a boogy bra out of the bag and said, ‘‘It’s a booby trap’’. Then the girl drove off without him.
We saw lions, dogs, monkeys and horses. My favourite act was when the monkey pushed the dog around on a lawn mower and the clown was helping him.
There was one that was very cool. It was the horse with the monkey on his back. There was tables in a circle where the horse was walking. The horse was walking under the table and the monkey was standing on the table. When the donkey was on the other side of the table the monkey would jump onto his back and then they would keep doing it.
There was one funny one. There was a big horse walking round in circles and then there was a little dog on the ground. Then every minute the dog would jump onto the horse’s back, even when he was walking around.
There were fluffy white horses. The biggest horse stood at the front and then the second biggest stood on the first biggest horse’s back and then they kept going till the last one was on the back and then they started walking around like that. Then all the horses went except one. He got up on his two legs and walked out on his two legs.
There was a dog and a clown and a barrel. The clown was turning the barrel longways and he rolled the barrel and the dog went through it while it was still rolling. Then he moved the barrel upways and looked for the dog. The dog was inside the barrel and the clown asked the audience ‘‘Where is the dog?’’ They all shouted ‘‘In the barrel’’ so he walked up to the barrel when the dog jumped out. He snuck up behind him while the clown was looking in the barrel and pushed the clown into the barrel. Then he fell over longways and the dog pushed him instead of the clown pushing him in the barrel. Everybody laughed and the dog was rolling it out of the stage. I felt great and awesome. Poppy ate a corn dog. Poppy was really good to take us to the circus.