April showers bring May flowers, and we’ve had plenty of showers here recently to finish out the month of April. May here in Covington brings flowers, as well as many events to report.
First, as you may know, the circus is coming back to Covington! Thanks to the sponsorship of the Covington Chamber of Commerce, the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, known as “America’s Favorite Big Top Circus,” will be in Covington on Monday, May 16, at the industrial park located at 1800 Mote Drive. Scheduled performances will take place at 5 and 7:30 p.m.
Now in its 31st edition, C&M Circus has become internationally known for quality family entertainment, having been featured on numerous television shows and in other national media outlets. Bring your friends and family out on Monday morning to watch as Covington’s Mote Drive is transformed into a bustling “Circus City.” Activity swirls around the grounds as animals are unloaded, the Big Top is erected, and rigging is prepared for performances later in the day.
Between 9:30 and 10 a.m., the Big Top will be raised, so feel free to bring your kids and stay for the free tour. Community members may meet and learn all about the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus family, learn interesting facts about its performers, the history of the show, and the different species of animals in the circus family. One will also learn about the hygiene, grooming and the veterinary care of the circus animals.
Save money by purchasing your tickets in advance at the following locations: Village of Covington Government Center, Covington Savings & Loan, The Stitchery, Koverman-Staley-Dickerson Insurance Agency, Siegel’s Country Store, and Al’s BP. Prices for advance tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and over and for children ages 2 to 12, and children under 2 are always free. On show day, tickets will be $13 for adults and $8 for seniors and children ages 2-12.
Next, please allow me to offer congratulations to 12-year-old Holly Beasley of Covington. She is a student of karate at the Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate Dojo in Troy and is a first degree junior black belt. Holly competed in an open karate tournament, sponsored by TAMA Dojo, held at the Belmont High School in Dayton on Saturday, April 23. She placed first in weapons, first in kata, and first in sparring in her division. By winning first in kata and weapons, this achievement enabled her to compete in the junior black belt grand championship, for ages 17 and under, in both kata and weapons. She was victorious in both grand championships, and brought home two 7-foot tall trophies. Not bad for only being 12, and I’m guessing her parents drive a van to haul those huge trophies home!
Holly is a sixth grader at Covington Middle School, maintains a 4.0 grade point average, and is the daughter of Dan and Linda Beasley of Covington. Congratulations, Holly! No matter what the activity, Covington students are excelling in a variety of sports and extracurriculars.
The staff of Miami Memorial Park, north of Covington, would like to invite all Covington and our surrounding area community members to the rededication ceremony of the Veterans Memorial at Miami Memorial Park. The rededication will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at the cemetery at the intersection of Crescent Drive and North State Route 48.
The rebuilding of the memorial began many months ago, and was completed by several area contractors and craftsmen. All area veterans are especially invited to the ceremony, as speakers Jim Miller and Chuck Morrow, both recipients of the Distinguished Flying Cross, will offer remarks. Veterans from the Covington American Legion, Amvets, Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, and others will be recognized. Again, all veterans and non-veterans are cordially invited to this community event.
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