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Clowning around at the library
Dave the clown attempts to read to the childrenIf I ran the circus while being interupted by Cherie the clown. Children from the community as well as the three-year-old class from Lyttleton Street Learning Place attended the performance - photo by Tenell Felder

Children of all ages enjoyed a visit from Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Ambassadors of Laughter, Dave and Cherie Gregg at the Camden branch of the Kershaw County Library on Thursday.

At the library, the clowns read Dr. Suess’ "If I Ran the Circus" and performed a magic show for audience members. There was plenty of laughter throughout the performance.

The husband and wife team, who met at the Barnum and Bailey Clown College, have been performing together for several years and have been married for 20.

Cherie wanted to be in the circus from the time that she was a young girl.

"I had always wanted to be in the circus. I thought you had to be born into it," said Cherie.

Dave’s father was a clown and he discovered that that was what he wanted to do after his grandfather taught him a magic trick while he was in the hospital.

"I got over my meningitis but I caught the show biz bug," said Dave.

As Ambassadors of Laughter, Dave and Cherie get to bring the circus to the community.

"This is for children of all ages, from 8 to 88. It’s one place where you can see people from every generation having fun," said Cherie of the circus.

Both Dave and Cherie shared that they especially enjoy their ambassador roll.

"There is a more personal connection than being in the arena," said Dave,

"It’s fun, just hearing the children laugh and getting to bring the circus to them. We feed off of their energy."

Cherie and Dave have a special place in their heart for children,

"We don’t have children of our own so doing this is great. We love kids," said Dave.