Tuesday, August 26, 2008

At the moment the Rose of Tralee festival is taking place. There are loads of events, street music, entertainers, a fun fair and Fossets Circus is in town. Caitlin has been very excited seeing the big top so we took her along yesterday ( I'm not sure if Rachel or Caitlin was more excited! ) They pack a lot in for a small circus, and guess who got dragged into the ring with the clown to do a trick? Yes, that was me....I had to go in with three other lads, who were all grumbling, and do a trick involving sitting on chairs, then arranging ourselves so that they could be pulled out leaving us supporting ourselves. Just to add an air of tension they were playing the stripper music in the background. We all then fell into a heap in the middle of the ring. Caitlin wasn't too sure about this and had to hold my hand for the rest of the performance in case I got dragged off again. Of course that wasn't the end of it as the clowns were later chasing a bloke in a gorilla suit around, and he had to sit down next to me and put his arm around me - on the next circuit he sat on Rachels lap! Caitlin was less than impressed with the 'scary muncey!'
As for the Rose, contestants arrive from all over the world, all with an Irish connection, hoping to be crowned Rose of Tralee. This is televised, and they all have to have a chat with the presenter, who usually tries to embarrass them. ( one apparently had a phobia of belly buttons. ) They then do a turn, for instance one girl played "The Bare Neccessities' on her cornet. Most bizarre....

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