By Dustin Ensinger
The big top is coming to town.
The Carson & Barnes Circus will roll through town on July 8 for two performances at the Delaware County Fairgrounds - one at 4:30 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m.
“We are the oldest family-owned circus in the United States,” said owner Barbara Boyd. “We strive to provide an experience for all ages showcasing artists from around the world. There is something for every generation to enjoy and create a cherished family memory.”
The circus will include clowns, acrobats, aerial daredevils, dozens of animal and the “Globe of Death” motorcycle act, which features three motorcycles circling each other inside a steel cylinder.
Prior to the show, children will have the opportunity to interact with exotic animals, including a Sicilian donkey, two llamas, a miniature and standard-sized zebra, an alpaca, two camels and pygmy goats.
“Kids delight in the chance to get up close and pet these unusual creatures,” Boyd said.
The midway will also feature several attraction for children, including a miniature train, pony rides, a bounce house, a maze, a slid and elephants and camels.
“The children are the prime reason we travel from city to city each year bringing magic and enchantment to each town,” Boyd said. “Carson & Barnes Circus feels there is nothing more rewarding than watching the glow in the eyes of children who are witnessing circus magic for the first time.”
Prior to the performances, the Delaware City Fire Department will help bathe the circus elephants at 2 p.m. at the fairgrounds. The baths are free to the public.
Tickets for the circus can be purchased in advance from local retailers for $12 for adults and $6 for children. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate on the day of the event for $16 for adults and $10 for children. Online purchases can be made at www.bigtopshow.com for a $1.50 surcharge.
“For the nearly one million guests who will gather under the tent this year for the thrills and excitement that are the hallmark of the greatest of all family entertainments, it all comes down to the center ring where the outside world yields to the fantasy world under the big top — an American icon,” Boyd said.
Dustin Ensinger can be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @EnsingerDG.