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Duke of Padukah Circus

 

Duke of Paducah Circus

Whitey Ford the Duke of Paducah
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Whitey Ford the "Duke of Paducah"
 
 
Matt Laurish Pony Drill
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Matt Laurish pony drill

 
Duke of Paducah Circus Circus
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Duke of Paducah Circus Poater
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In 1960 Bob Snowden opened the Duke of Paducah Circus. The show featured Grand Ole Opry country comedian Whitey Ford "the Duke of Paducah".

The show opened June 25 Poplar Bluff, MO. and closed Oct 8 Plant City, FL..

The circus traveled on 7 trucks, had a 70 foot round top with two 30 foot middles, carried three elephants and toured mostly southern states.The staff included;Bob Snowden owner / manager, Bill Garvey general agent, Roger Boyd Sr. sideshow manager, Dick Loter pit show manager and Capt. Matt Laurish elephants, Eddie Mellon boss canvasman.

Show performers were Rita Snowden singer, Johnny Jessick one finger stand / hand balancing, Matt Laurish elephants / pony drill, Mary Laurish dog act John Friday trapeze / comedy trampoline and Archie Silverlake clown.

 

 

Matt Lauris with the Duke of Paducah Circus elephants

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Duke of Paducah Circus elephants
presented by Matt Laurish

 

Duke of Paducah Whitey Ford
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Whitey Ford the "Duke of Paducah"

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Johhny Jessick one finger stand
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Johnny Jessick one finger stand
 
 
Roger Boyd Sr. at the Duke of Paducah Sideshow
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Roger Boyd Sr. at sideshow
 
 
Duke of Paducah Circus Sideshow
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Roger Boyd Sr. Roger Boyd Jr
and George Hershley

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