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Circus comes to town in June

Event benefits SAFE Harbor emergency shelter

News from SAFE Harbor

It is going to be an exciting, fun-filled, family-focused celebration when the carnival and circus come to town. The big top will be under the Mission Mountains when the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus comes to Ronan on Saturday, June 24. The circus will be held at the Lake County Fairgrounds, with two scheduled performances at 2 and 4:30 p.m. A carnival will be held in conjunction with the circus between 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; all carnival proceeds benefit SAFE Harbor. 

Now in its 32nd year, 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 and Arizona Highways Magazine. It has also been highlighted 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.

A special feature of the tour is the chance for community members to watch the local fairgrounds be 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. everyone is welcome to watch the raising of the Big Top and 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. It is a chance to learn interesting facts about performers, the history of the show and the different species of animals in the Circus Family. In recent years, the Tent Raising and Morning Tour has become a popular program for families and interested community members. 

On circus day, the magic of the circus comes to life in each 90-minute performance including: Miss Simone and her breath taking single trapeze, Miss Paulina’s proud “Big and Little” prancing ponies, the Arlise Troupe on their wild and crazy unicycles, Miss Georgia displaying flexibility and the Wheel of Destiny and Tight Rope by Los Moralitos. Of course, there will also be performing jungle cats - Soloman, Delilah and Francis, presented by Mr. Trey Key. All the performers are accompanied by original music composed by Matt Margucci from Los Angeles, California. For more information visit the C&M Facebook page with videos, photos and comments from past sponsors and patrons. For a direct link go to and click on the Facebook link.

Save money by purchasing advance circus tickets at the following locations: Ronan Harvest Foods, Super 1 Foods in Polson or the SAFE Harbor office. Prices for advance tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and children ages 2 to 12, children under 2 are always free. On show day, tickets will be $13 for adults and $8 for children. Reserve your tickets early and save. SAFE Harbor is still looking for additional vendors for the carnival. For information or to reserve discount tickets call 676-0800.

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