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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Spring Grove was circus' first sell out this year


Hula-hooping may seem like child's play, but this circus performer was able to swing 24 hula-hoops at a time.

By Marlene DeschlerCommunity Reporter

8/9/2011

The old-fashioned tradition of a circus was revived in Spring Grove last Wednesday when the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus came to town for the day.
In the morning, the public was invited to see the big top go up. The circus was ahead of schedule and the big top went up earlier than planned, but those stopping by the circus grounds were instead treated to an inside look at the circus.
They were given a tour that included an up-close look at the jungle cats and then had the special privilege of sitting in on a training class of an upcoming act. The evening of the circus arrived with perfect weather and great attendance by people of all ages.
Families For Education (FFE) sponsored the event and FFE board member Amy Gross said the organization raised $2,978. "These proceeds will benefit the Spring Grove Public School, our teachers and students!" Gross explained.
There were 606 people at the 5 p.m. show and 481 people at the 7:30 p.m. show, for a total of 1,087 people who came to see the circus!
Gross added, "The Culpepper and Merriweather Circus commented that it is rare to see a sell-out on advanced adult ticket sales. Spring Grove did just that! This was the first sellout for Culpepper and Merriweather in over 120 cities this year."
"Families For Education would like to thank the amazing residents of Spring Grove as well as those from surrounding communities for making the event a huge success. We could not have done it without you," Gross summed up.
"We have received many great comments from the community and look forward to doing more family fun events in the near future."

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