Circus comes to town

From Staff Reports

Sept. 25, 2008 - The circus is coming to town, complete with plenty of stop gags from clowns such as Skeeter, and entertaining feats from many a fleet footed animal.

Sulphur Springs Fire Department is sponsoring the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-27. Friday's show times are 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday's shows will be at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The performance will take place on the corner of League Street and Buford Circle (in the area near the skate park).

Advance tickets are available at either SSFD location, Central station at 627 Church St. or Station 2 at 1100 Gilmer St.; City National Bank, both locations; Guaranty Bond Bank; City Hall, 125 S. Davis St.; or Pilgrim Bank.

Tickets will be $8 for adults and $6 for kids if purchased in advance. They may also be puchased for $11 for adults and $7 for kids the day of the circus.

According to the Oklahoma-based group's own website, the outing promises to be a real "dog and pony show." Some things to expect are camel rides, performing camels, daring performances on steel wire cables and catapulting on the Russian swing, trapeze artists, a unicycle troupe, a hula hoop act, and some horsing around Old West style, and a commanding performance by a youngster and what looks to be a small flock of feathered friends intent on her every word.

This circus group started small, with three guys who alternated duties and took donations as payment for their small show in 1985. They continued to grow, adding more employees, equipment and animals over the years. The Circus moved in 2001 from Arizona to Hugo, Okla., under new management. They now have 40 employees, 2 dozen animals and 20 vehicles which travel more than 15,000 miles visiting more than 200 communities in 18 states March through October of each year to entertain the public.

To see more about the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, including a view of a clip of the bit top going up (it only takes 7.5 hours to get the job done) and information about the acts, go online to:

www.cmcircus.com

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