PHOTO GALLERY: Whirling Brothers Circus comes to town
By Kevin Cook
September 9, 2013 | 8:09 p.m. CDTThe Whirling Brothers Circus on Monday featured camels, bike tricks and prizes for the audience.
Jason Walker of Sarosta, Fla., bathes desert camels before the Whirling Brothers Circus show Monday at the Central Missouri Events Center. A fifth-generation circus performer, Walker grew up traveling 10 months out of the year. "It's awesome. I love it. I always tell people 'it beats working for a living,'" he said. | Kevin Cook
Alton Brown of Sweet Home, Texas, performs a motocross bike trick during preparations before the Whirling Brothers Circus show on Monday at the Central Missouri Events Center. Brown, of Maneuver Motorsports, has been riding for 5 years. James Legros, right, watches. | Kevin Cook
Pekbolot Niazbek, a native of Kurdistan, has been working with the Whirling Brothers Circus for a year and a half. His cousin opened a circus show in Kurdistan where Niazbek worked with props and loading and unloading. He moved to the United States in 2011 and currently works with the horses in the Whirling Brothers Circus. | Kevin Cook
Christopher Green and Candy Green, back row, watch the Whirling Brothers Circus at the Central Missouri Events Center with their daughters Ellena Green, 7, and Layla Green, 6, and friends Kristen Oestreich and Eva Day, a 1-year-old. | Kevin Cook
Alex Acero, a fourth-generation circus performer from Brazil, performs at the Whirling Brothers Circus at the Central Missouri Events Center on Monday. "You are having fun while you work," he said after jumping on the trampoline with Ataveon Gordon, 8, of Columbia. | Kevin Cook