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Friday, July 16, 2010

CULPEPPER & MERRIWEATHER CIRCUS NEWS...


Brandi Stromberg Independent-Enterprise

Skeeter the Clown, above, comes to the Fruitland City Park to announce to children, last week, that the circus is coming to town. She came to the park during the migrant free lunch and announced to about 30 children all the acts and events that will be at the circus. The circus is set for July 19 with shows at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Fruitland Middle School fields.
The circus is coming to Fruitland
By Brandi StrombergIndependent-EnterpriseThursday, July 15, 2010 10:46 AM PDT
Fruitland, ID — The circus is coming to town.
The Culpepper and Merriweather Great Combined Circus is coming to Fruitland as a Fruitland Chamber of Commerce fundraiser and as a way to give back to the community.
“Yes, it is a fundraiser for the chamber, but we also wanted to do something for the community,” FCC secretary Kelly Whatley said. “We wanted to do something for the families in our community. It’s an inexpensive night out with your family. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
According to the press page on the web site, the circus had a humble beginning. In 1985, Robert Johnson, Jim Hebert and Curtis Cainan started a small show. The three alternated announcing, performing and selling concessions during each performance for the first year. They didn't sell tickets, instead relying on donations received from passing a hat at the end of each show. Oblivious to everyone in the business who told them they could never succeed, they were able to gradually add employees, equipment and animals over the years.Culpepper & Merriweather Circus was based in Queen Creek, Ariz., until 2001, when new ownership moved its base of operations to Hugo, Okla., deep in the beautiful Red River Valley. Hugo is known as “Circus City, USA” for a good reason. It is the 20th circus to call Hugo home since 1941, and the fourth active circus currently operating from the seat of Choctaw County. The show will have lions, tigers, exotic birds, juggling acts, pony and/or camel rides, trapeze acts, and of course, clowns. Child performers from the ages of 5 to 14 will be in attendance, as well.“We also want families to know, they can come down to the school yard to watch the rasing of the tent,” Whatley said. “We, as a chamber, are so excited to host this for our community.”Whatley said there were some businesses that bought tickets and donated them back to the chamber for families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend.
“We had a marketing company that called around and offered businesses to do this,” Whatley said. “It is really great to see our community step up like this. It’s going to be really nice and fun for families to attend.” The circus is set for July 19 with shows at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The circus is set to be held at the Fruitland Middle School in the back fields. For ticket information, contact the chamber at (208) 452-4350. from the Argusobserver.com

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