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Archive for Saturday, June 18, 2011

Human cannonball, family circus offer bang for the buck

Sites and sounds from Family Fun Circus at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

June 18, 2011

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The Family Fun Circus is performing in Lawrence tonight and Monday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St.

This circus, based out of Texas, claims to feature the youngest human cannon ball in the country: 15-year-old Johnny Davenport.

Davenport’s father, Chuy, said his son’s routine used to scare him, but he has gotten used to it. The elder Davenport, who is in charge of maintenance, was born into the circus industry and has now passed the trade on to his son.

This group has deep roots in the circus. Brothers Fenix and Jordan Dresdner, 16 and 15, said they were sixth-generation circus performers. They said they like the traveling lifestyle, despite only being home two weeks out of the year.

The Family Fun Circus will also have horse, balancing and acrobatic routines. There are two shows each night, at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 1 month ago

"This circus, based out of Texas, claims to feature the youngest human cannon ball in the country: 15-year-old Johnny Davenport.

Davenport’s father, Chuy, said his son’s routine used to scare him, but he has gotten used to it. "

Shouldn't the police be there arresting him for child endangerment?

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Zachary Stoltenberg 3 years, 1 month ago

Until they can figure out a way to cram you down the barrel my guess is that the brave and talented Johnny will have to do. ;)

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 1 month ago

If you're the target, I may climb in willingly. ;)

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slowplay 3 years, 1 month ago

Maybe we should arrest every parent who allows their children to play sports like football, hockey or basketball. I don't see this as being any more dangerous.

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Tammy Yergey 3 years, 1 month ago

If you don't want to risk arrest or scrutiny, you find out what the rules are before you go to a new place. Then, if what you are doing doesn't comply, a smart person would not go. Otherwise I guess they deserve whatever the consequences are.

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cupoftea 3 years, 1 month ago

Just wondering whether there any photos with this story? In the paper today it said we could view a video online... was that a mistake?

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wmathews 3 years, 1 month ago

Hi cupoftea, The video and photo gallery have been added to the story. If you refresh the page, you should be able to view them.

Whitney Mathews Assistant Community Editor for Online

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