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RONAN — Big top means big fun for the Mission Valley as the circus comes to town on June 23 in Ronan at the Lake County Fairgrounds. SAFE Harbor is once again cohosting an exciting, fun filled, family-focused celebration. With the talent and expertise of the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus, the community will have the chance to attend performances at 2 or 4:30 p.m. Along with the circus there will be a carnival and loads of fantastic food, with all proceeds benefiting SAFE Harbor. Carnival fun will be going all day between 12 and 4:30 p.m.

“SAFE Harbor has been hosting this great day since 2015,” said SAFE Harbor Executive Director Brandi Clark. “It is our way of thanking the community by providing an inexpensive event for everyone.”

Now in its 38th 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, 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 On the Road with Circus Kids, a Nickelodeon special featured on the Nick News Program.

“Over the years, the event has seen huge numbers of attendees, as well some wild weather patterns,” Clark said. “But whatever the weather, the carnival and circus will take place because it is just so much fun.”

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. It is presented in such a way that everyone, young and old, can learn many interesting facts about the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus family.

“I’ve heard the wheel of destiny presentation is pretty exciting,” Clark said. “And who doesn’t love some jungle cats hanging out?” 

On the special day, the magic of the circus comes to life in each 90-minute performance including: Miss Simone and her breath-taking single trapeze, the outstanding Romichel with foot juggling, the Loyal family’s bareback riding feats, the Arlise Troup’s out of this world unicycling, Leo the crazy clown, and the wheel of destiny and tight rope by the Perez Duo. Of course, there will also be performing jungle cats, 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. 

Along with the circus, SAFE Harbor will also be sponsoring a carnival. The games are co-sponsored by community partners. SAFE Harbors is still seeking station sponsors and volunteers to assist on the day of the event. Those wishing to assist can contact Brandi Clark at 406-676-0992. 

“The carnival has all the traditional events like cookie walk, dime toss, balloon darts,” Clark said. “There will be a bouncy house, face painting, a special meal deal, and a few surprises.” 

Save money by purchasing advance circus tickets at the following locations: Ronan Harvest Foods, Super 1 Foods in Polson, SAFE Harbor office locations, or Sister Sallie’s Thrift Store. Prices for advance tickets are: $13 for adults and $8 for seniors and children ages 2 to 12, children under 2 are always free. On show day, tickets will be $16 for adults and $9 for children. Reserve your tickets early and save. For information or to reserve discount tickets call 406-676-0800.

“Plan ahead and get your tickets,” Clark added. “This will be a nice day to share time with others at a safe, family centered event.”


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