A Summer Circus Train
Catch the circus train in Essex before it pulls out of the station on Sunday.
By Karena Garrity
Looking for a different, unique way to spend a fun and exciting summer day in the area? Look no further than the Valley Railroad Circus Train and Big Top Show. There is still time to pick up tickets for the whole family to attend this one of a kind entertainment experience.
Complete with clowns, acrobats, juggling, balloon making , a petting zoo, puppet show, midway rides, traditional circus fare and more. This is the first time this special event has come to Essex and today is the last day to come and enjoy what many are calling, “the best family day event around.”
“My whole family had a great time,” exclaimed Dan Dubay, who made his way to the circus celebration from his hometown of Middletown.
“Everyone loves the trains and the circus show was amazing, especially the guy who climbed up on the chairs and then went upside down. It was great and everyone really enjoyed themselves.”
The event, which cost $25 per person (kids 2 and under free) started with a robust welcome from the Ringmaster as passengers boarded the authentic Circus Train ride from the Lee Company parking lot, on Bokum road in Essex to the Essex Steam Train lot. Upon departure from the historic steam train, colorful clowns greeted children and adults with juggling tricks, hula hoops, balloon animals and more. The succulent smells of sugary confections such as cotton candy and fried snickers and Oreos saturated the air down the midway, which included several kiddy rides, a beautifully painted carousel and a very popular, giant giraffe bounce house.