The Glen Rose Chamber of Commerce is bringing an old-fashioned big-top circus to town for the first time in years.

Culpepper & Merriweather Circus will stage two performances on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 67 and State Highway 144. Performances will be at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The grassy field at the intersection will be transformed into a big-top circus with clowns, trapeze artists, unicyclists, juggling acts and, of course, jungle cats.

Now in its 27th 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 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 will be in town about a week prior before the scheduled show date to visit schools, day cares, recreation centers, libraries and senior centers. She might be seen in stores, walking down Main Street or handing out the official 2011 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 25 years traveling around the country — clowning around.

Skeeter’s 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. Skeeter will delight audiences with her unique style of clowning, comedy and true love for the circus.

Bring your friends and family out circus morning to watch as a familiar place in your 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. Enjoy the magic and tradition of the American Circus with your family and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Between 9:30 and 10 a.m., catch 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.

Learn interesting facts about our performers, the history of the show and the different species of animals in the circus and take a walking tour of the circus grounds. Topics such as hygiene, grooming and the veterinary care the animals receive also will be addressed during the presentation.

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, performers bring the magic of the circus to life in each 90-minute show. This year’s lineup includes an All-Star group of performers and entertainers that include Miss Simone and her amazing single trapeze, Miss Lana’s Feathered Friends, Miss Paulina on the Web, The Arlise Troupe on their wild and crazy unicycles, Angel Perez with juggling, The Silverlake’s sizzeling whips, Karina and her hula hoops, The Perez Family Russian Swing, and let’s not forget the performing Jungle Cats, presented by Mr. Trey Key. Original music was written by Matt Margucci of Los Angeles.

Buy your tickets early and save. Prices for advance tickets are $6 for children ages 2 to 12 (children under 2 are free) and $9 for adults. On show day tickets will be $7 for children and $12for adults.

Advance tickets are available at Pie Peddlers, Somervell Expo Center, Glen Rose Reporter, Glen Rose Chamber and Glen Rose News.

For more information or to purchase tickets with a credit card, call 866 BIG TOP 6. Advance tickets will be available at this number till 4 p.m. Central Time, Friday Oct. 14.

Circus Day Schedule (times may vary):

Between 9:30 and 10 a.m. — Tent raising and free tour

1 p.m. — Midway and box office open (pony rides, moon-bounce, concessions and more)

2 to 3:30 p.m. — First show

4:30 to 6 p.m. — Second show

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