Big top circus coming to Hinckley for two shows

The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus will be in Hinckley for two performances Wednesday, Aug. 20.
The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus will be in Hinckley for two performances Wednesday, Aug. 20.

HINCKLEY – The Hinckley-Big Rock Boosters will sponsor the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus for two performances Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Hinckley-Big Rock High School.

Now in its 30th 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 and "Entertainment Tonight," and in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and in 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.

From 9:30 to 10 a.m., the public is invited to watch the raising of the Big Top, then stay for a 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 about the performers, the history of the show and the different species of animals in the circus family. In this presentation, the circus will also address topics such as hygiene, grooming and the veterinary care the animals receive.

On circus day, 90-minute performances begin at 5 and 7:30 p.m. This year’s lineup includes Miss Simone on the single trapeze, Miss Paulina’s "Big & Little” prancing ponies, The Arlise Troupe on their unicycles, Natalie’s American Eskimo Escapades, and Miss April and her edge-of-your-seat Rola Bola. Miss Gorgia will display flexibility to the extreme, and for the first time, the circus hosts the Wheel of Destiny and tight rope by Los Moralitos.

Discount tickets can be purchased in advance at the Hinckley Public Library, Jack & Jina’s BP, South Moon BBQ, Hinckley Fresh Market and The HBA Ice Cream Social on Aug. 12. Prices for advance tickets are $6 for children ages 2 to 12 and $10 for adults. On show day, tickets will be $13 for adults and $7 for children.

For more information or to reserve discount tickets, call 866-244-8676.

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