Clowns have recently made negative national headlines, but this weekend there are some clowns in town hoping to put smiles on peoples' faces.
Our Justin McDuffie caught up with a few fans at the Garden Brothers Circus.
Makayla Hammonds is celebrating her ninth birthday.
“I didn’t know that we were coming to the circus because it was a surprise,” said Hammonds.
She and her friends are looking forward to the show filled with acrobats and daredevils, but there is one act she isn’t too sure about -- the clowns.
“They're creepy and they laugh creepy, and they're crazy,” said Hammonds.
Garden Brothers stock manager Roderick Snipes says fans like Makayla shouldn’t be scared.
“All of our clowns…they're just the smiling, throw confetti on you clowns,” said Snipes. “Not the It kind of clowns, so you don’t have to worry about it.”
He’s heard about the recent clown sightings across central Georgia and doesn’t believe them. He says it won’t hurt their show.
“When you see how the kids enjoy it, it’s so great. Our circus is not just for you to have memories for today, it’s for you to have memories 20 years from now,” said Snipes.
That’s why Dina Cowart brought her grandson to the circus for the first time.
“Just to enjoy some time with him and my son, and I think he'll enjoy all the excitement of the circus and I don’t think he’s scared of clowns, so I think we'll be good,” said Cowart.
For Makayla, she’s just going to stay away from the clowns and enjoy the other parts of the show.
“I’m looking forward to the tigers jumping out of a hoop,” said Hammonds.