HAGERSTOWN - A performer in his family's high-stakes business, Yevico Rodriguez must go to work every day knowing he's got some big shoes to fill.
And, even if he does a good job, he'll be called a clown.
Rodriguez sang along to flamenco music as he tapped pillows of makeup powder against his nut-brown face. Pairs of bulbous red and yellow shoes sat on the floor. Fake eggs lined a crate on a shelf on the wall.
Rodriguez and his colleagues at Cole Bros. Circus came to town Monday as part of a two-day, four-show appearance.
They will take their places under the big top again at 4:30 and 7:30 tonight at Hagerstown Speedway.
The nomadic lifestyle - the circus travels to Fredericksburg, Va., Wednesday - suits 20-year-old performer Vladimir Kim.
"To actually stay in one place, to go to work, go to school, go to work, go to school, then go to work once you're done with school seems a little far-fetched," said Kim, a native of the Soviet Union who juggles with his brother while the two stand atop horses.