Sarasota, Florida – January 19, 2021. The Circus Ring of Fame Foundation announced today the postponement of its annual induction ceremony to the first quarter of 2022. The ceremony normally scheduled for mid-January 2021 was originally moved to March. The rescheduled dates are attributed to Covid-19. The new date will be announced by mid-summer.
“Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our production crew, patrons and inductees we will be moving the ceremony to a date in the first three months of the calendar year 2022 when the pandemic is behind us,” said Bill Powell, chair of the foundation.
The Circus Ring of Fame inductees are:
- Galaxy Girl, Tina Winn – Seventh generation extreme aerialist who performs dazzling gymnastic routines at heights of up to 130 feet in the air. Tina Winn has been performing for multiple decades and began her training in the circus arts as a child with her family.
- Nik Wallenda, King of the High Wire has crisscrossed the globe with never-before-seen death-defying acts. As a direct descendent of the original Wallenda troupe headed by patriarch Karl Wallenda, Nik carries on multiple decades of family tradition of spectacular aerial artistry and death-defying thrills.
- George Carden – Prominent multi-decade circus producer headquartered in Missouri who has raised millions of dollars for charitable causes through the work of his circus and sponsoring organizations.
- Willie Edelston – As the 1941 National YMCA Ring Champion, Willie Edelston had a love for performing. He signed with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as a trapeze artist and continued this work for multiple decades on numerous shows. For more than 50 years, Willie volunteered at the Sailor Circus. Hundreds of students have benefited from his coaching. He taught flying trapeze, rings, tumbling, and hand-balancing.
- The Richter/Casselly Families – Two of Europe’s premiere multi-generational circus families are best known for their elephant, horse, exotic animal, and human acrobatic productions. The Richter/Casselly families began performing as young children. Related by marriage, history, and circus tradition, the Richter/Casselly families come from generations of artists. Besides performing amazing acrobatic feats with horses and elephants, these artists are noted for the training and care of their animal companions. Their acts embrace the concept of humans and animals working side-by-side in the circus arts.
The new inductees to the Circus Ring of Fame will join the 150 honored since 1987. All of those recognized have made a significant contribution to the art and culture of the circus. Updates on the ceremony will be posted on the website and social media.
About the Circus Ring of Fame Foundation – The Circus Ring of Fame Foundation is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the core purpose of recognizing the highest of achievement in circus arts and culture.
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