DALTON, Mass. (AP) — The show will go on in Dalton.

Town meeting voters in the Berkshire County town on Monday rejected a bylaw that would have ended the decades-long tradition of annual visits by the Kelly Miller Circus, or similar shows featuring exotic animals.

The Berkshire Eagle (http://bit.ly/1E3YWNa ) reports that voters rejected the circus ban 184-92. The proposed bylaw stated that "no living non-domesticated animal shall be displayed for public entertainment or amusement in circuses, carnivals, traveling events or other similar entities."

A group called Berkshire Voters for Animals proposed the bylaw. The Dalton Lion's Club has raised tens of thousands of dollars by sponsoring the circus since 1994.

Lion's Club member Daniel McGinnis called the bylaw a "smear campaign."

The Dalton Select Board voted unanimously not to support the circus bylaw.


Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com