Auburn-Williams Lions bringing circus to town
by John Becker
Monday, June 4, 2012
Auburn, MI will host a circus on Saturday, June 23, thanks to the sponsorship of the Auburn-Williams Lions Club. The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus will be in town for two performances officials say will transform Auburn City Park into a bustling circus city.
“I hope people take advantage of this,” said Dale Gripentrog, a Lions Club member. “I know my grandchildren will. I’ve been a resident of Auburn for 35 years and we’ve never had a circus in town, so I’m very excited about it.”
Shows are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. June 23, but people are invited to Auburn City Park from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. to watch the raising of the Big Top, the animals being unloaded and other pre-performance preparations.
A free tour and presentation will be offered during which families, schools and interested community members can meet circus performers and learn about the show’s history. This will include humble origins as a small show in 1985 to its current status as an internationally known one-ring show that has been featured on Entertainment Tonight, Nickelodeon and National Geographic’s Explorer TV series.
During the morning program, Culpepper & Merriweather officials will provide insight on the different species of animals in their circus family and the hygiene, grooming and veterinary care they all receive.
“We did a lot of research on this circus and came away with nothing but good reports,” Gripentrog said.
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