The Circus Ring of Fame Revamps Itself - Meet the Inductees

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The Circus Ring of Fame Revamps Itself, & Meet the 2020 Inductees

The Circus Ring of Fame Foundation began in 1988 and has since inducted 140 circus artists from around the world. The Ring of Fame graces a central park located at St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, Florida. Each year honorees are nominated by the public and voted on by former inductees, historians, scholars and knowledgeable members of the global circus community. There is a ceremony where inductees are honored with a bronze wagon wheel which visitors and locals alike stroll past to read decades of circus history.

We spoke with Bill Powell, the Chair and CEO of The Circus Ring of Fame Foundation about the foundation’s mission and their growth in the past two years. After serving as a member for five years, Bill Powell was elected Chairman of the Circus Ring of Fame Foundation Board of Trustees. During his tenure, the “Ring” expanded the board of trustees, passed new bylaws, organized a committee structure, created the first-ever Circus Advisory Council, added production value to the annual induction ceremony, and created a new website and merchandise program. Early in his career, Bill was responsible for Feld Entertainment’s international expansion into the Latin American entertainment market. He pioneered the introduction of Disney on IceSM , Feld Motorsports and Ringling Bros. and Barnum &Bailey into Mexico, Spain and eight countries in South America, bringing live family entertainment to 700 million new potential customers. Kim Campbell: Why is it importa...

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Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell has written about circus for CircusTalk.News, Spectacle magazine, Circus Now, Circus Promoters and was a resident for Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par with En Piste in 2015 at the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. They are the former editor of American Circus Educators magazine, as well as a staff writer for the web publication Third Coast Review, where they write about circus, theatre, arts and culture. Kim is a member of the American Theater Critics Association.