Come one, come all, the circus is in town
SPRING VALLEY – Get ready for circus magic to makes its way to the Valley again on Saturday, July 24, thanks to the Spring Valley Lions Club.
The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus will perform two shows under the old-fashioned Big Top at the North Practice Field in Spring Valley. Showtimes are 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., running for 90 minutes each. Each family-friendly show features big cats, unicyclists, birds, aerialists, horses, daredevils and more. Performers come from the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Pre-sale tickets can be purchased for a discount ($12 for adults and $7 for children and seniors) before Circus Day at Team Oil, Spring Valley Drug, Cenex and Arneson Insurance in Spring Valley. You can also buy them online at_https://cm-circus.square.site Those interested can also call 1-866-BIGTOP-6 during regular business hours for discounted will call tickets.
On circus day, tickets can only be purchased at the box office and will be $15 for adults and $8 for children 2-12 and seniors 65 and up, children 2 and younger are free. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Spring Valley Lions Club.
At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, the circus offers a free tour of the circus grounds to the public, which includes watching the Big Top raise. People can meet the animals, learn about their routines and care, and learn about the circus’ daily operations. Large groups can be accommodated ahead of time; be sure to call ahead so they can take care of any special needs.
C& M history In 1985, Robert Johnson, Jim Hebert and Curtis Cainan founded the Culpepper & Merriweather Great Combined Circus in Queen Creek, Ariz. The first shows were small; the three men alternated announcing, performing and selling concessions during the first year. They didn’t sell tickets, but relied on donations from passing a hat after each show.
They gradually added emp loyees, equipment and animals over the years. In 2001, new owners moved the circus base operations to Hugo, Okla., in the Red River Valley. Hugo is known as “Circus City, USA.” Culpepper & Merriweather is the 20th circus to call Hugo home since 1941, and the third active circus currently in operation.
How early can you buy tickets on Circus Day? The box office opens at the circus grounds an hour before each show.
What is there to do before the show? Starting an hour before the show, kids can jump in a bouncy house, sail down a 22-foot slide, ride ponies, get their faces painted, or purchase snacks at the concession stand. Cash is accepted at each attraction. Credit cards are only accepted at the box office. You can ask for cash back there.
When does the tent open? Twenty minutes before each show. All tickets are general admission, which means first come, first served for choice of seats.
What if it rains? Rain does not affect the Big Top; however, in the event of severe weather such as high winds, lightning or flooding, the show may be delayed.
Do you sell peanuts? Yes. If a child has a peanut allergy and would still like to attend, email [email protected] or call 580-3268833. A peanut-free zone can be created for a family, but one-day notice is needed. Peanut exposure may still occur.
To learn more, check out cmcircus.com