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Clay City hosting circus

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Jeff Bell
The circus is coming to Clay City.

On Monday, residents are invited to Goshorn Park, where the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus will perform.

Showtimes are 5 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets cost $9 for adults and $6 for children ages 2-12. Tickets the day of the show cost $12 for adults and $7 for children.

Advance tickets may be purchased at First Financial Bank branches in Clay City and Brazil, Miller's IGA, Harris Bank branches in Clay City and Brazil, the Clay City Pharmacy, Van's Service Center and the Country Junction.

The Clay City Lion's Club is sponsoring the event.

"This is something we decide to try," Lion's Club member Jeff Bell said. "We haven't had (a circus) in Clay City for several years. It's something new. I thought it would be nice for the community.

"We're trying to bring some new things to Clay City."

The Culpepper and Merriweather Circus conducts shows annually from March through October.

According to its website (www.cmcircus.com), Robert Johnson, Jim Herbert and Curtis Cainan started a small show in 1985. The three originally alternated between performing, announcing and selling concessions in the first year.

Rather than selling tickets, the trio relied on donations by passing around a hat at the conclusion of shows.

The circus was originally based in Queen Creek, Ariz. But in 2001, under new ownership, it moved to its current base of operations in Hugo, Okla.

Annually, Culpepper and Merriweather Circus travels 15,000 miles, performing in more than 200 communities in 18 states, according to its website.

Some of the featured performances will include performing camels, the Perez Trio High-Wire act, Miss Carolyn's Dog and Pony Revue, Miss Simone (Trapeze act), The high-flying Perez Troupe, The Arlise Troupe (unicycles), Miss Karina (hula hoop act), Boozo and his trusty pal Leroy (comedy routine out of the old west), Miss Paulette and her featured pets, and Melvino (circus clown).

This is the first of a handful of items the Lion's Club will be involved in this year. Bell said the club also helps coordinate the Clay City Fair, which takes place in July, and the Clay City Pottery Festival, which takes place in June.

"We do a lot with those," Bell said.

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