The Piano and the Circus

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 16
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1984
Type Text
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Language eng
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Holding Institution Snow College
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Title The Piano and the Circus
Description farm." Bothilda was nearly as excited as the children. The planning and anticipation that followed Willard'a announcement were almost as much fun as they knew the circus would be. Days before the show, people from all over Sanpete County began arriving: in wagons, in buggies, on horses, even on the train. The streets of Mt. Pleasant became small, teeming villages as tents were set up and covered wagons backed to the sidewalks. Some campers brought a cow for milk; some, chickens for eggs and meat. All brought eagerness and activity. The excitement was contagious. The Frandsen garden spot became a sandwich stand. The Frandsen children sold milk and eggs to Btrangers. Bothilda baked bread, pies, and cakes for the crowd of relatives and friends that filled their home. Willard worried about the campers near the farm; each night after everyone else had retired, he made his "rounds" to make certain all fires were completely doused and all gates securely fastened. Finally the great day arrived. The children were up before sunrise, almost before their parents; none of them had slept much the night before. Breakfast was hurriedly prepared and eaten. Mo one wanted to miss seeing the circus train pull in at the station, nor the performers and animals as they came off the train, nor the parade with its vibrant clowns, steam calliope, gaudily-uniformed brass band, horsewomen, and animals of many strange and exotic varieties. How Willard, Bothilda, and each of their children thrilled when the gaily-dressed circus barker shouted: "FOLLOW THE PAHADE TO THE SHOW GROUNDS," and they knew he meant THKLH FAHM. Bothilda was as eager as her children to see all there was to see at this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, experience all there was to experience. But first she made certain the children were all settled, informed, and involved. Then ehe, too-Willard by her side-did as much as she possibly could. Each of them thrilled at the three-ring performance. Each vas awed by the strange displays in the sideshows. Each had their fill of pink lemonade, a rare treat, as citrus fruits were not easily obtained in the small town. All was done on Willard'a "family pass" provided by the circus managers. What a wonderful, tiring, exciting, exhausting day they all had. But the excitement was not over when the performance ended and the spectators dispersed. Long into the night -68-
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