VIDEO: These guys actually ran off with the circus

EVEN regional councillors must dream of running away to join the circus.

Sunshine Coast Division 10 councillor Greg Rogerson had a momentary thrill of performing under the big top when he dropped his council duties and picked up some juggling clubs.

He got some pointers from Squiggy, who rolled into town yesterday with her Ashton Entertainment's Circus colleagues for a four-day season at Nambour Showgrounds - from today until Sunday.

RUNS IN THE FAMILY: Tamara Rodriguez, or Squiggy, is a sixth generation circus performer.
RUNS IN THE FAMILY: Tamara Rodriguez, or Squiggy, is a sixth generation circus performer. Jordan Cullen

Ashton, Australia's oldest circus family, boasts 160 years of tradition. This new touring show includes seventh-generation performers who revel in wowing crowds with their skills, athleticism and death-defying acts.

Fifth-generation performer Jan Ashton-Rodriguez said a heavy training schedule was required.

"It's like the training of a ballet dancer and a gymnast and a football player all rolled into one," she said.

Cr Rogerson said it was terrific to see such skill and natural athletic ability continue through several generations of the one family.

"It does my heart good to know people are following on in their (parents) footsteps," Cr Rogerson said.

Mrs Ashton-Rodriguez said Circus Circus promised visitors 90 minutes of fast-paced action.

What: Ashton Entertainment Circus

Where: Nambour Show Grounds, Coronation Ave, Nambour.

When: Thursday, August 14 until Sunday, August 17

Entry: Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for children (2 to 15 years), $25 for concessions and $80 for a family (two adults and two children). Bookings are made by calling 0407 120 953, visiting

http://www.ashtonentertainment.com.au


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