August 31, 2006

Rotary Club Bringing Big Top Back To Memphis

Thanks to the sponsorship of the Scotland County Rotary Club, the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, Americaís Favorite Big Top Circus is coming to Memphis on Monday, September 4th at the Scotland County Fairgrounds with two scheduled performances at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

In its 21st season, C&M Circus has become internationally known for quality family entertainment. This authentic One-Ring, Big Top Circus has been featured on National Geographicís Explorer TV series, Entertainment Tonight, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Arizona Highways Magazine. It has also been featured on the A&E Special: Under the Big Top and most recently, On the Road with Circus Kids, a Nickelodeon special featured on the Nick News Program.

This year the circus is proud to present Skeeter as the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus Advance Clown. Skeeter was in town last week, visiting the schools, day cares, library, and senior center handing out the official 2006 Culpepper & Merriweather Circus Coloring Contest sheets.

Skeeter got her clown start at the early age of 9 years old in Columbus, Ohio. She is a graduate of the Ringling Clown College and has spent much of the last 19 years traveling around the country Ė clowning around.

Skeeterís clown program educates students and community members about what a day in the life of a clown is really all about. She spends time talking about the different types of clowns and the history of the circus.

Bring your friends and family out circus morning to watch as the fairgrounds are transformed into a bustling Circus City. Activity swirls around the grounds as animals are unloaded, the Big Top is erected, and prepared for performances later in the day. Enjoy the magic and tradition of the American Circus with family and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. watch the raising of the Big Top, then stay for the FREE Tour. This presentation offers a unique face-to-face opportunity for families, schools, and interested community members to meet and learn all about the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus family and includes a walking tour of the circus grounds. Learn interesting facts about our performers, the history of our show and the different species of animals in our Circus Family. In this presentation we will also address topics such as hygiene, grooming and the veterinary care all of our animals receive.

In recent years the Tent Raising and Morning Tour has become a popular program for families and interested community members. It is presented in a way everyone, young and old can learn many interesting facts about the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus Family. This is a special part of Circus Day that should not be missed.

On circus day, the performers bring the magic of the circus to life in each 90-minute show. This yearís lineup includes an All-Star group of performers and entertainers, sure to amaze and delight audience members of all ages.

Advance tickets are available at Gerth & Baskett, the offices of Dr. Harlo Donelson and the law offices of Kimberly Nicoli and David Peppard, Community Bank of Memphis, Bank of Kirksville, and US Bank. Prices for advance tickets are $6.00 for children ages 2 to 12, children under 2 are always free, and $8.00 for adults. On show day tickets will be $1.50 more.

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