Lewisburg bringing circus to celebrate bicentennial


LEWISBURG — Thanks to the sponsorship of the Lewisburg Chamber of Commerce, Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, America’s Favorite Big Top Circus, is coming to Lewisburg, on Tuesday, May 1, to the Knapke Lane Park located at 1 Knapke Lane with scheduled performances at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Now in its 33rd edition, C&M Circus has become internationally known for quality family entertainment. This authentic One-Ring, Big Top Circus has been featured on National Geographic’s Explorer TV series, Entertainment Tonight, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, 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.

The public is invited to bring friends and family out circus morning to watch as a familiar place in town is transformed into a bustling Circus City. Activity swirls around the grounds as animals are unloaded, the Big Top is erected, and rigging is prepared for performances later in the day.

Between 9:30 and 10 a.m. come watch the raising of the Big Top, then stay for the free tour. This presentation offers a unique face-toface 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. According to officials, those who visit will learn interesting facts about the performers, the history of the show and the different species of animals in the circus family. In this presentation they will also address topics such as hygiene, grooming and the veterinary care all the 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.

On circus day, performers bring the magic of the circus to life in each 90-minute performance. This year’s lineup includes an All-Star group of performers and entertainers that include: Miss Simone and her breath taking single trapeze, Miss Paulina’s proud “ Big & Little” prancing ponies, The Arlise Troupe on their wild and crazy unicycles, Natalie’s American Eskimo Escapades, Miss Georgia displaying flexability to the extreme and for the first time, the Wheel of Destiny & Tight Rope by The Perez Family. The show will also include circus goers’ favorite performing Jungle Cats, Soloman, Delilah & Francis, presented by Mr. Trey Key.

All will be accompanied by original music composed by Matt Margucci from Los Angeles, California.

For more information visit the circus FaceBook page with videos, photos and comments from past sponsors and patrons. For a direct link you can go to www.cmcircus.com and click on the FaceBook link.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the following locations: Heater Insurance, Taylor & Associates, Bicentennial Store, and the Lewisburg Village Office.